How To Prepare for Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery: Part II

Last week we discussed some preparation steps for your cosmetic dentistry or restorative oral surgery. Today, we are adding some tips to make your procedure and recovery comfortable.

  1. Ask a friend to drive you to and from your oral surgery appointment. No matter what kind of anesthetic you and your doctor decide to use, it’s safer not to drive home by yourself. “While you are in surgery, your friend can have your prescriptions filled so your pain medication is ready when your surgery is over,” Dr. Ford says. “It’s more comfortable not to have to make multiple stops on the way home.”
  2. If you are a smoker, ask your cosmetic dentist how long before and after your procedure you will need to refrain from smoking. The American Academy of Periodontology warns that the chemicals in tobacco can extend your healing time. Smokers may also have less effective results from oral surgery than non-smokers.
  3. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to the procedure, ones that you can change out of easily. Leave your jewelry at home, so you don’t have to remember if you took off your earrings in the cosmetic dentist’s office. Leave your contacts out, too, because you may have your eyes closed for a long period of time.
  4. Stock your recovery space at home with your favorite books, magazines, music and DVDs, so you don’t need to hunt for them. Prepare your bed with easy-to-wash linens and enough pillows to make yourself comfortable. It’s possible you may perspire or drain fluid from your mouth while you sleep.
  5. Have a friend take some photographs before your cosmetic dentistry procedure, so you can compare your new smile when you are fully recovered.
  6. “Brush and floss before you come for your appointment,” suggests Dr. Ford. “It’s good to come in with a clean mouth. It’s the first step in a good outcome.”

“You prepare for holidays, vacations, and business meetings so you will get the most out of those important events” says Dr. Ford, “it makes sense to prepare for your oral surgery, too.”

You and your Phoenix cosmetic dentist are both concentrating on achieving long-term dental health. Planning will help make the experience successful.


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