5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can be scary, but there are ways to prepare for your new, full dental implants. While most people know about the aftercare that helps the healing process, many do not realize that before care is key in reducing anxiety and aiding your road to recovery.

1. Talk to Your Oral Surgeon

Every surgery is different and it’s important to know the ins and outs of the procedure before sitting down in the chair. Find an experienced oral surgeon and set up an appointment to talk with them before surgery — this is an important time to ask questions, whether they feel silly or not. Many people do not realize that they must stop taking certain medications before receiving full dental implants, including ibuprofen and antidepressants. Additionally, talking to the person performing the surgery will create a line of trust, ensuring you feel more comfortable leading up to the day of the operation. Luckily, dental implants are successful 98% of the time, but it’s best to establish a post-op with your surgeon meeting sooner than later.

2. Fast for 8 to 12 Hours Before Surgery

Though this is easy to do if your surgery is early in the morning, afternoon operations still require you to fast for eight to 12 hours before the surgery. The only other time you might be able to eat, or drink is if you must undergo a local anesthetic, but this should still be done a couple hours in advance. If you do drink liquids, make sure they are clear, like water or tea, but avoid alcohols and other opaque drinks like milk; regardless, the patient must stop drinking liquids six hours before surgery.

3. Stock Up on Soft Food

As a dental implant patient, it’ll be hard to eat post-op. Before you enter the operating room, be sure to stock up on soft foods like yogurts, puddings, and potatoes. Though you cannot eat before the surgery, doing this will save you a painful trip to the store later. Your surgeon will let you know when you can return to your normal diet.

4. Find a Trusted Driver

Ride-sharing apps have become more common, but it’s important to get a trusted friend or family member to agree to drive you to and from the surgery. Do this in advance — this time is stressful enough without worrying about how you will get home. In your weakened state, driving or operating machines is not recommended.

5. Stay Healthy

If you’re sick, you may have to reschedule your operation. A weakened immune system can adversely affect you during and after surgery. Avoid sick individuals and wash your hands often. If you do become sick, alert your surgeon immediately to make alternative arrangements.

Your health is the most important thing. When receiving full dental implants or undergoing oral surgeries, it is imperative to prepare. Not only will this reduce your anxiety upon entering the oral surgeon practice, you will be on the right track to recover.