Oral Surgery: What to Expect

Oral surgery may seem like a frightening procedure, but if you research and prepare well in advance, you should be able to make it without any problems. But what exactly should you expect before and after the surgery? In this article, we will give you a few things you should get ready for.

Before the Surgery

  • Ask your dentist or surgeon if you need any specific medications before the procedure. If you can, ask a family member or friend to pick these up for you so that they are ready when your surgery is done.
  • Ask a loved one to take care of transportation for you. VeryWell notes that you might still be drowsy from whatever anesthetic was used on you, so you would not be in any shape to drive yourself home.
  • Avoid drinking any alcohol at least 24 hours before oral surgery. This may keep you from healing up properly.
  • You may take some painkillers, but only according to your dentist or surgeon’s advice.

After the Surgery

  • You will have to stick to eating soft foods until you heal up. That means your meals will mostly consist of soup and yogurt. Yes, you can treat yourself to ice cream, too.
  • Avoid hot meals, as you might end up burning yourself by accident. If you are still under the influence of anesthetics, you may not be able to feel the heat properly.
  • Try to keep your head propped up, especially when you are sleeping. This will help reduce the swelling in the affected area.
  • Use ice packs to expedite the healing process and to give yourself some relief.

Be Prepared
With these tips, we hope that you feel a lot less nervous about your operation. As long as you know what to do, you will be able to heal up relatively quickly. You can also follow them on Twitter for more information.

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