The professional team at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska in Anchorage wants to make sure their patients are as comfortable as possible during every procedure. While it’s natural to feel a bit nervous before oral surgery—especially if you’ve never had it before—you’re in the best professional hands with this practice's caring, experienced staff. To help you feel more prepared for your procedure, they’ve shared a list of ways you can get ready for oral surgery.
Specifically, here are some tips for preparing for anesthesia to help your procedure go smoothly:
- Restrict Smoking, Drinking, & Eating: Prior to oral surgery, you are expected to avoid eating and drinking for eight hours before your appointment. This also includes water. You should avoid smoking at least 12 hours before your procedure, and it’s a good idea to cut back or stop smoking altogether leading up to the surgery, if possible. If you take any medications, consult with one of the oral surgeons prior to your appointment to discuss instructions.
- Get A Ride: Make sure you have a reliable adult who can drive you to and from your appointment. Your driver will also be asked to wait in the office while your dental surgery is being performed.
- Be Comfortable: The team at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska asks their patients to wear loose-fitting clothing to their oral surgery appointment. Wear comfortable shoes with low heels so you can walk easily after being sedated, and wear a shirt with sleeves that can roll up for the intravenous anesthesia to be administered. It’s also a good idea to skip makeup, including lipstick.
For more information about preparing for oral surgery, call Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska at (907) 561-1430, or visit their website for more information about the Anchorage oral surgeons.