What To Do The Day Before Oral Surgery
The most important step to take when preparing for oral surgery is to be informed about the procedure and the steps involved. When you first schedule oral surgery, we will take the time to ensure you understand the reasons for the procedure. We’ll also go over the risks and benefits with you. If you have any questions about the procedure, this would be the best time to ask them.
If you’re being sedated during the procedure, you’ll need a ride home from our office. The effects of anesthesia need some time to wear off or else it could impair your judgment, making it unsafe for you to drive. Plan ahead and ask a friend or family member to give you a ride. If you’re unable to find someone to drive you home, you can use public transportation.
If you’re typically responsible for childcare, it may be a good idea to plan to have someone watch your children for you the day of your procedure. Make these arrangements ahead of time so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.
If you’re being sedated, you’ll also need to fast after midnight the night before your surgery. That means you can’t eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight. This is done as a precautionary measure to avoid a rare but serious complication known as aspiration, which is when the lungs fill with the contents of your stomach.
However, unless we specifically tell you otherwise, you can still take your regular prescription medications with a small sip of water the morning of your procedure.
Preparing For Oral Surgery: The Day Of
On the day of your surgery, pay attention to what you wear to our office. If you’re going to be sedated, you’ll want to wear short sleeves so it’s easier for our nurses to take your vital signs, give you your IV, and place blood pressure cuffs, if necessary, to keep an eye on you during your procedure.
If you wear dentures, partial plates, or a removable dental bridge, bring the storage container or a box to keep them in while we perform your procedure.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to our office and accommodate any traffic you may run into on the way. We suggest arriving about 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you have time to take care of any last-minute paperwork. This will also give you some time to relax before the procedure so you don’t feel rushed or anxious.
If you have any remaining questions about your surgery, this is the time to ask them.
Recovering From Oral Surgery
It should first be noted that everyone recovers from surgeries and procedures differently. That being said, it’s important to take it easy the day after your surgery to ensure an easy and speedy recovery. We suggest that you plan to spend the rest of the day resting, especially if you were given a sedative. This will give the sedative time to wear off.
You should also avoid strenuous activity, particularly after wisdom tooth removal, dental implant surgery, or another procedure involving your teeth and gums. When you’re ready to sleep, keep your head elevated with extra pillows.
Oral hygiene is still incredibly important but you shouldn’t brush your teeth or use mouthwash for 24 hours after oral surgery. Instead, rinse your mouth with salt water every two hours to lower your risk of infection.
To control swelling or bruising, apply an ice pack or cold compress to your cheek for 20-30 minutes at a time. The swelling should go down after 2-3 days. If you notice the swelling getting worse, a fever, or pus, call us right away because it could be a sign of infection.
Oral Surgery In San Antonio, TX
For your oral surgery, you’re in good hands at Advanced Dental Associates. Dr. Steve Edwards and the rest of his team here in San Antonio, TX will ensure you’re comfortable throughout the entire oral surgery process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We’re here for you!