Sometimes the care our teeth and mouth needs goes beyond what a dentist can do during a routine visit, and that's when an oral surgeon is called in. Most often, oral surgeons take care of procedures that have to do with wisdom teeth extraction, facial injuries, cyst removal, dental implants and corrective jaw surgery. If you ever have to go through one of these medical treatments, you will find that there are several recommended steps you need to take to make sure you have a speedy and successful recovery, but it's just as important that you prepare for your surgery beforehand just as you would any other surgical procedure. Speak with your oral surgeon in advance to clarify what your specific preparations will entail.
Consult With Your Oral Surgeon and Health Insurance
The first step of preparing for your oral surgery should be taking the time to go over any questions or doubts you may have about the procedure, and ask them to go over it in detail. If necessary, you might even think about getting a second opinion if you're unsure about the need for the surgery. Don't hold anything back from your doctor and be open about your medical history as that could have an impact on prescribed medications. It's also a good idea to consult with your health insurance ahead of time so there are no surprises when it comes to the final bill.
Refrain From Eating, Drinking and Smoking
It will most likely be required that you fast at least six hours, if not more, before you go in for your scheduled procedure. It is requested that your food and drink intake be limited if you are going under anesthesia to keep pulmonary aspiration of stomach contents from happening. If you are a smoker, it is a good idea to stay away from the habit at least a full day before the surgery to avoid any unnecessary complications.
Even if you are going in for an outpatient procedure you won't want to be responsible for driving yourself home after being under the influence of anesthesia and enduring a probable painful experience.
Pre-plan a Diet For Your Recovery
Your diet after your surgery will be restricted to things that won't harm your mouth or use your teeth much. Having the appropriate foods and meals already in your home will ensure that you are able to maintain a good nutritious diet needed for your recovery without having to make a special trip to the store when you aren’t feeling up to it.
Pick Up Any Prescriptions Ahead of Time
Just like being prepared with your food, you should also have your post-op prescriptions picked up ahead of time and ready to take when you get home. You won't want to be running out to the drugstore, and it's important to have your meds on hand before the pain gets too severe. This will also allow you to somewhat ward off any suffering if you are able to take it before you even go into surgery.
It's important to follow all instructions that your oral surgeon gives you pertaining to both preparation and aftercare, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask him.