Preparing for and Recovering from Oral Surgery
When you come for an appointment at our office, we want you to be entirely prepared for the experience. That’s why we’ve created this set of guidelines for you to follow before and after your sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, root canal, or dental implants. By heeding these tips, you’ll have a pleasant procedure and successful outcome.
Pre-Oral Surgery Tips
In order to ensure your dental visit goes smooth, it’s important to arrive on time. Remember, you won’t be able to drive after the appointment, so you will need to have someone drop you off and be ready to pick you up when you are done. Here are a few other guidelines you’ll want to be aware of.
Avoid Eating or Drinking
Because you will be taking sedation medication, it’s important that you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery. In rare cases, people have an adverse reaction to the medication and will vomit while unconscious, which could obstruct the airway. By not eating, it ensures your stomach is empty.
Additionally, it’s important to avoid alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours and smoking for 12 hours before the surgery, as this can interfere with the medication. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice are also important to avoid for two to three days before your procedure.
Because you can’t drink after midnight, it is especially important to drink a lot the day before your surgery. Try to have at least six to eight glasses of water to ensure you are hydrated, as this will make your recovery smoother and make it much easier to place the IV the first time.
when coming in the day of surgery, there’s no need to dress up. Choose lightweight and comfortable clothing that will be easy to remove when you’re in a slightly less cognizant state afterwards. Additionally, it’s important to remove all jewelry beforehand, as this could get in the way or get tangled in equipment.
Finally, you should not wear contact lenses, makeup, or nail polish during the appointment. While this might sound strange, it’s because the sedation medication can cause dry eyes, which could lead to a corneal abrasion during the surgery. As for nail polish and makeup, these mask the true color of your face and nails. It’s important for us to be able to see your complexion during surgery, as it lets us know how you are responding to the sedation.
Prepare a Recovery Area
After your surgery, you’ll be spending at least the rest of the day (but probably parts of the next day) recovering. Before you head in to the procedure, make sure you have a comfortable place set up so you’ll be relaxed and cozy afterwards. Put some older sheets on your bed in case you are bleeding, collect extra pillows to support yourself in case you can’t lay on your back or side, and gather some entertainment options, like books, movies, or puzzles to keep you occupied.
Post-Oral Surgery Tips
Preparing for the surgery is the easy part. Afterward, you’ll have to deal with the recovery process. For most surgeries and procedures, you might have a bit of pain and swelling, but this typically recedes after 48 hours. During this time, you’ll want to get as much rest as possible to give your body the strength it needs for fast healing.
Leaving Our Office
Right after your appointment, you’ll need someone to drive you home, as you may still be lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseous after the surgery. These effects are temporary and will wear off after you get home and rest. The best thing to do is simply go home and take a nap to allow yourself some time to recover. Do not return to work, make important decisions, or watch your children during this period.
Avoid Certain Activities
While you might feel normal after surgery, it’s important to avoid certain things for at least 24 hours to give your body a chance to recover. Do not drink any alcohol, perform strenuous exercise, rinse out your mouth, smoke, or eat a heavy meal until the day after your procedure. Instead, drink a lot of water, lay in bed relaxing, and stick to liquids or soft foods.
What to Eat
A huge part of recovering is getting your body the nutrition it needs. Unfortunately, because you may have an open wound in your mouth, that makes it hard to chow down like normal. However, there are still plenty of foods you can eat that will be gentle on your teeth and gums and still provide you with essential nutrients, such as:
- Scrambled eggs
- Pasta, like macaroni and cheese
- Smoothies, protein shakes, and milkshakes
- Pudding or yogurt
- Soup with soft or pureed ingredients
- Cooked vegetables, like squash, carrots, spinach, and more
- Cooked fruit, like baked apples, peaches, or nectarines
- Rice, quinoa, or couscous
Watch Out for Warning Signs
Rarely, a patient might experience adverse side effects from their surgery. While there is a low chance of this happening to you, it’s still important to know what to look for. If you are still bleeding profusely after applying pressure for three to four hours, be sure to call Dr. Briglia. Additional signs that you should contact us include:
- Being unable to return to your normal diet after 48 hours
- An increase in pain three days after surgery
- A bandage comes loose
- Any other signs of allergic reaction
With these tips in mind, your surgery will be a breeze. If you’re in need of sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, root canal, or dental implants, be sure to call Briglia Dental Group today at 610-692-4440 and schedule a consultation visit.