Tips For A Smooth Oral Surgery & Recovery [BLOG]
If you have an oral surgery coming up, you’ll be glad to have stopped by the blog today!
Our team at Patrick Stuckey, DDS in Ruston, LA is here to make sure your experience is a positive one and that everything goes as smoothly as possible!
So, You’re Having Oral Surgery…
You might be dreading oral surgery, but the fact is this is something Dr. Stuckey and our team do all the time in our Ruston, LA practice. We do all we can to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during your procedure so that we can administer the dental treatment you need to keep your mouth healthy.
Here are some common reasons a dentist would recommend oral surgery to begin with:
*To save a tooth from infection or decay
*To extract a tooth that can’t be saved
*To remove wisdom teeth that aren’t erupting in the right position
*To build up areas of your gums or jawbone in order to prepare for dental implants
There are many reasons oral surgery might be required, but overall, just remember that whatever led you to this type of dental procedure will soon be remedied so you can keep your beautiful smile healthy!
The Week Leading Up To Your Oral Surgery
We want you to have things in place for as smooth a recovery as possible, so here are some steps you can take to make life a bit easier in the days immediately following your oral surgery:
*Read Pre-Op Instructions First*
The first step is to make sure you’ve read the instructions given to you by Dr. Stuckey or one of our staff members. Waiting until the last minute to read them is a bad idea because you might have questions or need clarification, and you won’t be able to call the night before to get the information you need. That could lead to cancellation and rescheduling of your oral surgery if there’s a portion of the directions you weren’t able to follow correctly.
*Fill Prescriptions & Prepare Cold Packs*
If Dr. Stuckey prescribes pain medication to have on hand during your recovery period, make sure you fill it beforehand or arrange to have the person driving you to and from your appointment pick it up for you. You could also make a trip to the local drugstore to get some cold packs and over-the-counter pain relievers.
*Have Plenty Of Soft Foods On Hand*
A trip to the grocery store may be in order so you can stock up on soft, bland foods. You’ll want to avoid hard, sticky, or spicy foods until your mouth heals for the first few days post-surgery.
You may want some broth, pre-made mashed potatoes, yogurt, applesauce, pudding, and other easily accessible soft foods that don’t require much prep or chewing!
*Keep Your Recovery Spot Well-Stocked*
You’ll probably be told to take it easy for a couple of days following your oral surgery. This is usually because you might be prescribed pain medication to mitigate any pain and discomfort. So you will want to have some items in place to keep yourself occupied without having to keep getting up and walking around the house.
Somewhere next to your bed or the couch, have the things you think you’ll need within reach, such as:
*Phone, iPad, & laptop
*Chargers for electronics
*TV/DVD player remote
*Tray for food and drinks
*Books, magazines, & DVDs
These are suggestions, of course, but the point is that you make things as easy for yourself as possible so you can rest throughout the day more easily.
The Night Before Your Oral Surgery
The day of your procedure is almost here, and there are just a couple more loose ends to tie up before you turn in for a good night’s sleep.
First, set out the clothes you plan on wearing to the dentist office. This is not the time to worry about appearances, so there’s no need to wear makeup.
Keep the jewelry at home. Dr. Stuckey and our hygienists will be working very closely to you, so rings, bracelets, and piercings pose a safety risk since they can get snagged on the clothes of our dental staff.
For the same reason, you should wear comfortable clothes, but not garments that are too baggy. It could make things a bit trickier for the staff who are walking around the dental chair or leaning in closely to assist Dr. Stuckey.
Also, double check with the person who will be taking you to and from your appointment and remind them about pick-up time.
Finally, keep an eye on the clock so that you don’t eat or drink anything as per Dr. Stuckey’s instructions. The exact specifications will vary from patient to patient, but generally, it’s advised that people avoid food and drinks about 8 hours, sometimes more, before any kind of surgery.
This is a perfect example of why one of our tips is to read and understand all the instructions so you can call our office if you have questions or need clarification on some of the details.
Make An Appointment
For you, oral surgery certainly isn’t common. In fact, most people can probably go their entire lifetime without having to go through it.
But for Dr. Stuckey and our team in Ruston, LA, oral surgery is routine. We want to put your mind at ease and for you to feel confident about your upcoming procedure. This is something Dr. Stuckey performs all the time with precision and care, and he will do the same for you.
When all is said and done, you’re going to have a healthy mouth again!