If you have an upcoming procedure with the oral surgeon, you may be wondering what you need to do to prepare. Taking the right steps can help to make your appointment and your recovery easier. In addition to any specific advice you get from your dentist or oral surgeon during your preliminary appointment, here are some tips you need to keep in mind.
Prepare for the Appointment
If you are going under general anesthesia, you may not be able to eat for approximately 12 hours before your appointment. For local anesthesia, that is usually not an issue, but you also need to decide if you want nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, that can help you relax during the procedure.
Arrange a Ride Home
In most cases, local anesthesia such as Novocaine does not impair your ability to use a motor vehicle after your appointment, but if you are taking oral sedation medication or using general anesthesia, you can not drive, and you need to arrange a ride home. Either plan to bring a loved one with you to your appointment or gather the info you need to contact a taxi or car sharing service.
Stock Up on Post Surgery Foods
Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions on what you can and can not eat after your appointment. With extensive oral surgery procedures, you may not be able to eat solid foods for days or even weeks after the procedure. So that you do not have to go to the grocery store immediately after your appointment, you may want to stock the fridge and freezer with soups, ice cream, and similar treats.
Even with a small operation, you are still likely to have issues with chewing or eating after the appointment so make sure that you are prepared. Note that you may want to avoid very cold or hot foods after a visit with the oral surgeon. Because your mouth will be numb, it will not be easy to tell if the items are too hot or cold. You may want to have some room temperature foods on hand for this reason.
Plan to Take It Easy
Finally, you should plan to take it easy. After a procedure with the oral surgeon, you usually should not do anything strenuous for about 48 hours. Too much activity could cause your mouth to start bleeding. After that point, your mouth is likely to still be recovering but you can usually resume your normal activities.
You may want to arrange time off from work or school. You may also want to set up a comfortable recovery area or arrange for some movies to watch.
Decide on Payment Details
If you are using your insurance to cover the procedure, you may want to call and double check that your appointment with the oral surgeon is covered. Also ensure you have the co-pay on hand or contact the oral surgeon to set up a payment plan.
At Walton Center for Family Dentistry, our Loganville dentist can help you with your oral surgery needs. In addition to having an oral surgeon on staff, we also do a lot of cosmetic procedures such as dentures, crowns, veneers, and more, and we offer sedation dentistry for your convenience. Contact us to set up an appointment today.