When your dentist recommends having oral surgery, like any other medical treatment, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. The team at Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Fishersville and Lexington, VA, believes preparing well helps to have an effective surgery as well as a lasting recovery. By having a plan in place several days before your appointment, you can proceed with less stress and more confidence.
What to Do Before Oral Surgery
1. Arrange Transportation
Asking a friend or family member to accompany you to your visit is a valuable and reliable way to get to and from the oral surgeon’s office. Sedation may be a part of your oral surgery treatment, and the effects can last several hours after the procedure. Because of sedation or anesthesia you may not be able to drive safely. With this in mind, we advise that you make arrangements for transportation to and from your surgery at least a week before.
2. Eat & Drink Accordingly
Depending on the type of oral surgery you need, you may have to fast for 8 hours before surgery. Your surgeon will advise you based on the anesthesia used. You will also need to honor any recommendations following the surgery. At this stage, your mouth is in a sensitive, exposed state, and certain foods, drinks, or habits may need to be avoided. Speak with your surgeon about how you should prepare, as well as how you should eat afterward.
3. Discuss Health Factors & Ask Questions
Your oral surgeon should be informed of any and all health conditions you have. Your health affects the anesthesia used, as well as how the procedure is performed. You pre-surgical appointment is a good time to bring up any fears or questions you may have. Several sedation dentistry options can be used to keep you calm, and understanding what to expect should further ease your nerves.
The team at Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers a variety of services and are dedicated to creating a relaxing, comfortable environment for all their patients. Call (540) 886-2956 today to schedule an appointment and visit their website and Facebook to learn more about their services.