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How To Prepare For Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that requires local anesthesia, which means you will be able to go home afterward. Knowing what to expect during the procedure and how to recuperate will help you achieve a speedy recovery. Don’t put off researching and asking your orthodontist questions until the day before surgery, as this will make you more anxious. Continue reading to learn how to best prepare for your big day. 

What Should I Do Before Surgery?

Finalize your transportation arrangements on the night before the procedure. You won’t be able to drive home due to the side effects of anesthesia, so ask a family member or friend for a ride to and from the hospital. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to take care of you the day after because anesthesia can impair your judgment, coordination, and reaction time. 

Additionally, you will have to fast the night before surgery. Your surgeon will let you know for how many hours, but 8 to 12 hours is standard for most oral surgeries. Take any prescribed medications in the evening and morning before your procedure. However, if you’re diabetic, you should eat breakfast; let your surgeon know. 

What Do I Wear During Surgery?

Dress practically for your surgery. Wear a short-sleeved, comfortable shirt if you’re scheduled to have an IV drip. Wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting stained. Do the following:

  • Avoid wearing jewelry.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses because your eyes will remain shut for an extended period.
  • Don’t wear any makeup, but do bring lip balm because your lips will be chapped after surgery.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne out of courtesy to your surgeon. 

What Should I Do After Surgery?

Preparing for postoperative care is as important as preparing for the surgery itself. You will be bedridden after surgery, so set up extra pillows on your bed so you can rest in a comfortable, reclining position. Set up a list of television shows and movies you want to watch or books you want to read while you’re in bed. 

Anticipate swelling around the surgery site. For the first days after surgery, you will need to place an ice pack over the area for 15 minutes at a time, taking 15-minute breaks in between. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics and other medications to help you heal. After the first week, start rinsing your mouth four times a day with salt water after every meal. 

Only eat foods that are room temperature right after your surgery. Don’t drink out of a straw or consume alcohol for the first 24 hours. Stick to soft foods, such as soups and yogurts rich in vitamins A and C, for the first two days. Avoid all hard and crunchy foods, such as nuts and popcorn, for six to eight weeks. 

Contact Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah

No matter how much you prepare for surgery, it can still be intimidating. It’s essential to turn to an experienced surgeon who will make the process go as smoothly as possible. The board-certified surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah specialize in a variety of procedures, ranging from TMJ surgery to jaw surgery. Schedule your consultation today.


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