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How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

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How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

Preparation prior to oral surgery is key for a speedy recovery with little or no side effects. Once the date for your surgery is scheduled, and all procedures are confirmed by our dentists in Glendale, we suggest taking the following precautions to ensure the surgery goes as planned and so that you are taken care of in recovery afterward:

Speak to you dentist in-depth about the procedure: We suggest that you talk about the actual procedure with your dentist, step-by-step so that you are well aware of what is going on. You should also find out if there will were any medications you will be taking after the oral surgery so that you can arrange the pick-up of the prescriptions immediately after the procedure so that you will not be forced to do it yourself.

Arrange for care and transportation: It is required that you have someone accompany you to and from your oral surgery appointment even if it is an outpatient procedure. It depends on the type of anesthetic used, but generally you will not be able to function a motor vehicle after the oral surgery. If you have small children, we recommend hiring a babysitter or asking a relative for help in caring for them while you rest.

Follow pre-operation recommendation accordingly: If intravenous anesthetic or sedation is used, you should not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours prior to the oral surgery. Local anesthesia has more lenient guidelines. You should also brush and floss prior to the appointment and refrain from smoking at least 12 hours before. Our dentists in Glendale will supply More detailed recommendations.

Prepare your recovery area: Since it is impossible to determine exactly how you will feel or what your mood will be after surgery, we suggest preparing the space where you will be spending your recovery time. Be sure to have enough pillows in case you need to keep yourself reclined, and keep old sheets and pillow cases handy so that you don’t ruin any every day or special bedding. We suggest placing book, crossword puzzles and a remote control with fresh batteries on hand for easy reach.

Wear the right clothes: Generally speaking, your dentist in Glendale recommends loose, and button down garments are key. This will give you extra room for comfort and the buttons will help you avoid having to pull anything over your head. Also, wear something you won’t mind ruining, don’t wear any jewelry and refrain from using contacts and make-up. There is no need to impress your oral surgeon!

We understand that undergoing surgery can be scary for some of our patients. We guarantee that our dentists in Glendale will be at your side every step of the way. Contact us today to set up your oral surgery appointment!

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