Any kind of surgery can seem scary, we know oral surgery is no different. Fortunately, unlike other surgeries, undergoing an extensive dental procedure is typically an outpatient procedure – meaning, you’ll get to go home afterwards. Knowing what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery can help you to prepare and quickly recover. For example, because your oral surgeon will use anesthesia during the procedure – you’ll likely feel very groggy when it wears off after the surgery, so you’ll need alternate transportation home. If you’re coming up on a scheduled oral surgery, you may want to know how to best prepare.
Before Your Surgery
As we previously talked about, preparation for your surgery mostly involves setting up your transportation to and from the procedure. However, you’ll likely have to fast 8 to 12 hours before the procedure as well, depending on your situation.
Otherwise, there are a few things you can prepare before your oral surgery to make your recovery smoother. For example, stock up on softer foods so you have things to eat around the house immediately after you get home. You’ll likely spend some time (at least 48 hours) resting in bed or on the couch in the days following your surgery, as well. Depending on the procedure, you could be resting for a month or more. Finding things to entertain you during this time, like books or puzzles, and setting them up around your home in places that are easily accessible can make recovery a lot less daunting. Although these suggestions are certainly not necessary before the procedure, it’s not likely that you’ll want to go grocery shopping or look for things to do after your surgery. Setting up prior to can make your recovery easier in the long run.