The word “surgery” paired with anything can be intimidating and scary. It’s never any dentists first choice treatment option because there are many less-invasive procedures that have become so advanced that they’re able to do much more without surgery than they used to. But, if you have a dental problem that requires surgery – severe cases of TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, periodontitis, etc. – don’t worry just yet! There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the “big day.” Plus, your dentist will use a form of sedation so you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable!
Talk To Your Dentist
Before your oral surgery appointment, talk to you dentist about any fears or concerns you may have surrounding the procedure. They may just be able to ease your mind!
Arrange A Ride
Before the day of your surgery, you’ll want to arrange for someone to drive you home. The sedation will likely take some time to wear off afterwards and you’ll probably be pretty drowsy, it’s definitely no condition to drive in!
Prepare For After The Procedure
This can help to make your recovery much easier! Often times, your diet and other accommodations can seem like they aren’t “that big of a deal” before your surgery, but you’ll thank yourself later! Planning what you’ll eat can be difficult, but with oral surgery you’ll likely have to stick to soft foods so you’ll definitely want some easy-to-make things to eat around the house!
Now you can prepare for your oral surgery feeling like you’ve crossed all your t’s and dotted all of your i’s. The most important thing is to remain calm, chances are the procedure will be over before you know it and you’ll be on your way to recovery!