Being Prepared For Oral Surgery
Any type of surgery can be a bit scary, no matter how routine the procedure is supposed to be. While most types of oral surgery are not very invasive and generally don't require you to stay at the clinic for more than a day, it's always good to know what you can expect in order to make sure that you are adequately prepared so everything can go smoothly. The most important thing you should do before your surgery is asking your oral surgeon any questions you have about the procedure and what exactly will be happening the day of the surgery. Below are some general tips that can help you feel more prepared, comfortable and relaxed for your oral surgery.
Make Sure You Have Transportation
Find out if you can drive after your surgery or not. If you're undergoing general anesthesia you likely won't be allowed to drive so in this case you'll have arrange for a family member, friend or taxi to pick you up. Get this sorted beforehand so you don't need to worry about it on the day of the surgery.
Don't Forget About Fasting
Your surgeon will tell you that you need to fast the night before the surgery. Usually you won't be allowed to eat or drink anything from 8 to 12 hours before your surgery. Set an alarm in your phone for the time from which you have to fast so you don't forget about it. Also set reminders for taking any medications that you are required to take before your surgery.
Prepare for Rest After Surgery
It's likely that you'll have to spend a day or perhaps even several days resting in your bed so get your resting area ready by adding plenty of pillows, picking out some DVDs to watch and books to read and moving the television to your room if you don't have one in there already.
Put Some Ice Packs in the Freezer
Your jaw may be swollen around the area where the surgery was performed in which case you should apply ice packs or cold compresses to alleviate the swelling.
Buy Some Soft Foods
More than likely you won't be allowed to eat any foods that you have the chew on during the first few days after your surgery and most of the time you won't be allowed to eat very hard foods for 1 to 2 months afterwards. Prepare or buy some soups and stock up on yogurt and any other soft foods that you enjoy eating. Before you eat anything after your surgery make sure that the food is not too hot because the anesthetic may still be active in which case you may not feel that your mouth is being burned.
Healing May Take Some Time
Don't expect your mouth to be healed up completely after just a few days. Most of the time it takes a few weeks up to a few months for your mouth to heal completely, depending on the type of surgery you've had. Ask your surgeon about the average healing time for your procedure so you know what to expect.