Getting your wisdom teeth removed is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Our goal is to help you remember this visit for all the right reasons — getting teeth removed doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. In fact, we think it can be pleasant.
We love the work we do as oral surgeons. When our patients are happy, we are happy. That’s why we want to give you four tips on how to make your big day a more positive one. UAMOS will provide the accommodating staff, painless procedure, and no-stress paperwork, but there are a few things that can be done on your end to further guarantee a quick and low-hassle recovery.
If your surgeon will be using IV sedation or a general anesthetic, follow all preoperative instructions from your surgeon closely. In most cases, you should not eat or drink anything, including water, for eight hours before your oral surgery. If your oral surgery procedure will only require a local anesthetic, you can have a light meal 1 to 2 hours before surgery. You should brush and floss your teeth prior to your appointment. Also, abstain from smoking for at least 12 hours prior to your surgery, and keep in mind that you will not be able to smoke for at least 24 hours after oral surgery.
You need to have someone who can accompany you both to and from your appointment. That person should remain in the office during your appointment. Depending on the type of anesthetic used, you will likely not be able to drive a vehicle after surgery. If you have small children, you will want someone to help you take care of them during recovery.
Wear short-sleeved, loose clothing for your surgery appointment. While your surgeon will avoid causing any stains on your clothes, it’s best to wear something that you wouldn’t mind being ruined just in case. Do not wear jewelry because you will often be required to remove it. Also, avoid wearing contact lenses because your eyes may remain closed during surgery, depending on the type of anesthetic used. We recommend against wearing makeup or lipstick, but you should bring a lip moisturizer because your lips might become chapped.
After surgery, you are very limited in the types of foods you can eat. You need to eat foods that require minimal chewing. Also, avoid spicy or acidic foods because they can irritate your gums. Before surgery, purchase beverages that have lots of nutrients like Slim Fast, Boost, or a protein powder shake mix. These are easy to prepare and easy to consume. While you want to drink lots of fluids, do not use straws because they can create a painful condition called dry socket, which will require another dental appointment.
Dental surgery can be an intimidating prospect, but there’s no reason to be afraid. At UAOMS, we will help you prepare for surgery and make sure you have the necessary information to help you make a smooth recovery. To find out more, please call our office today at 801-566-5117 to schedule an appointment.
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