To prepare for oral surgery is important to get the best results possible. As a patient, you have to make sure that you are mentally and physically prepared for the upcoming oral procedure. As a dentist, you must give detailed instructions to your patient to lessen unnecessary delays or minimize complications and risks.
An instruction sheet will come in handy to remind the patient on what to do a week or two before the surgery. Depending on the dentist’s instructions and assessment, the patient may be asked to stop taking blood thinner, antibiotics or other medicines. If the patient has allergies or sensitivities to any antibiotics, the dentist must be informed about it. If you are taking birth control pills, discuss the possible effects with your dentist so you can make the necessary adjustments.
Reviewing the instructions does not only prepare the patient for the procedure but also help the dentist perform the surgery better.
At Midtown Dentistry, we are concerned about our patients’ well-being. We not only keep our clinic sanitized and clean but also make sure that our patients are comfortable and feel relaxed. Our staff members are accommodating and ready to assist the patient in a professional manner.
Some oral surgery procedures require sedation or anesthesia. There are many types available and this will be determined by both the dentist and the patient based on different factors. The most common are local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide), IV (intravenous) sedation which is also known as twilight sedation where the patient is conscious and can communicate with the dental team throughout the procedure and general anesthesia.
Although every patient’s instructions are unique, there are general pre-operative guidelines to consider such as:
- If you are undergoing a major surgery which may require IV sedation, no food and drinks should be consumed at least six hours before your surgery. There should be no problem rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth but don’t swallow anything, not even water. Also, bring a responsible, adult companion with you, somebody who can stay during the procedure and drive you home safely.
- Don’t drink alcoholic beverages or smoke at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
- Wear something comfortable, like a loose shirt, relaxed fit pants and flat shoes. Bring a sweater or jacket in case you find the dental office chilly.
- Avoid wearing makeup, lipstick, nail polish and accessories. Keep it simple.
- If you have developed cold, fever or infection before the surgery, call your dentist a day before the surgery so adjustments can be made.
- Get ample rest prior to surgery. Sleep at least hours so you feel great and energized.
There are many more things to consider before undergoing an oral surgery. Some may be minor that many tend to overlook but if you prepare for it diligently, you will have a smooth, safe and pleasant dental experience.
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