How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

Whether you require a dental implant or a simple extraction, the very idea of oral surgery can make you anxious. But knowing what to expect and how to prepare for oral surgery can often help manage your fear and recover faster. 

So, here are a few simple tips that can help you be better prepared for your upcoming oral surgery. 

Discuss Your Surgery 

Before the surgery, your San Antonio dentist will try to explain at length what the procedure entails, how it will feel, and what you can expect during the recovery period. 

Take your time and try to think about any questions you may have regarding the surgery or the post-op care. 

Tell your dentist if you have any medical condition that they should be aware of or if you are taking any medication that could interfere with the surgery. 

Discuss the sedation option and let your dentist know if you have any anxiety about the procedure or the anesthesia. This way, you can find the option that you feel most comfortable with. 

Make sure to discuss your insurance too and see how much your policy will cover. This way, you won't be surprised by any unexpected extra expenses. 

Plan for Transportation and Post-op Care

Depending on the type of sedation used, you may need to have a friend or family member come with you and take you home after the surgery. 

If no one can accompany you and you need to take a taxi or Uber, make sure that your dentist tells you it's safe to leave before you call a car. 

Ask your dentist about the type and level of post-op care you will need. More often than not, a bit of rest is enough to help your body recover after oral surgery. But, if you've undergone general anesthesia, you may need someone to stay with you overnight and make sure no complications or unwanted side effects arise. 

Find Out If There Are Any Eating and Drinking Restrictions Before the Surgery 

You will be given specific instructions regarding your diet based on the type of sedation used. If the dentist will only use a local anesthetic, then you will be advised to only have a light meal about two hours before the surgery. This way you will avoid feeling nauseous because of the anesthetic. 

But, if you need something more intense, like IV sedation or general anesthesia, then you may be asked to abstain from eating or drinking eight to 12 hours before the procedure. 

Have More Questions? Ask the Team at Smiles of Bulverde! 

Are you nervous about your upcoming oral surgery and would like to learn more about what you can expect and how to prepare? The friendly team at Smiles of Bulverde can answer all your questions and help you manage your fear. 

Send us a message online or call us at (210) 907-8666 for a short chat. 

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