There are many types of oral surgery procedures, including simple extractions, jaw surgeries, tissue biopsies, dental implant placement, and removing impacted wisdom teeth. The goal is always to makes these procedures go smoothly and avoid complications – and also to make them as comfortable as possible for you! In addition to choosing an experienced, reputable dentist to perform your oral surgery in Clarksville, what else can you do beforehand to prepare? Keep reading for 5 easy steps you can take to get ready for your procedure and make it as easy as possible!
1. Arrange For Transportation
Since you’ll be under the effect of sedation that can impair your ability to drive safely, you’ll need someone to drive you home. There are several different sedation options to fit everyone’s needs – discuss which one is right for you with a dentist.
2. Ask Questions
Make sure you’ve had enough time to ask your dentist or oral surgeon any questions you may have. Here are some examples of ‘good to know’ information you’ll want to be well informed:
- Why do I need this procedure?
- What will the recovery time be like?
- What kind of sedation options do I have?
- What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?
- Are there any alternative treatment options I should be aware of?
3. Wear Short Sleeves
Wearing short sleeves simply makes it easier for you to have your vital signs taken before, during and after your surgery. Also, if you’re getting IV sedation, your arm will be easier to access.
4. In Some Cases, Skip Eating and Drinking After Midnight
If you’ll be getting IV sedation, it’s usually recommended to avoid eating or drinking after midnight (including water) the evening before your surgery. This reduces the risk of a somewhat rare but serious complication called aspiration, in which the contents of your stomach enter your lungs.
5. Arrive Early
It’s a good idea to arrive about 20-30 minutes early so you can avoid feeling rushed, fill out any necessary paperwork, and relax before your procedure begins. It’s also a chance to ask any last questions you might have.
Taking the time to follow these 5 guidelines before your surgery is well worth it because you’ll feel more at ease going into your procedure. And everyone can agree that’s a good thing!
About the Author
Dr. James Cook is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist in Clarksville who performs many kinds of oral surgery procedures. He always takes the time to prepare his patients before, during and after surgery so they feel comfortable and get the best result possible. If you have any other questions about oral surgery, he can be reached via his website or at (479) 754-3357.