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How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

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Whether you’re due to have a tooth extracted or coming in for some reconstruction, oral surgery can be daunting when you don’t know what to expect. The good news is, we’re experienced at providing the very best in dental care. We want you to feel relaxed for your upcoming surgery and information is the key to helping you prepare. Here are some details on what you need to know before your procedure.

Getting Ready for Oral Surgery

Once your procedure is scheduled, you’ll need to do a few things to prepare. First, make sure you have transportation to and from your appointment. If anesthesia is needed, you’ll need help getting home safely and into bed. Most dental surgeries require you to take it easy for a day or two, so make sure to schedule time off work or school. You’ll need a comfortable place to rest and plenty of soft, nourishing foods. We recommend purees and soups, applesauce, and scrambled eggs. Do your grocery shopping beforehand so there are plenty of these items available to you. You may also need over-the-counter pain medication and gauze pads at the ready.

Recovering From Oral Surgery

Immediately following surgery, you’ll likely be groggy as the anesthesia wears off. We want you to go home and rest. Drink plenty of liquids, avoiding straws. You’ll also need to avoid tobacco and alcohol products for the first few days. Although pain should subside within a few days, you may need over-the-counter or prescription pain medication to help you. Applying a cool compress to your cheek can also help to alleviate pain. Be sure to take it easy and avoid sports or physical activity for a couple of days. Call us right away if pain worsens or if bleeding won’t stop. A fever is also a sign of infection, so notify us if this happens.

If You’re Experiencing Dental Anxiety

Please know we are here to answer any questions you may have about your specific procedure. Call us today. Having details about your surgery can help alleviate nervousness. Arrive at your appointment early. Take a few deep breaths. Feel free to talk to us about any concerns and know that you’re in good hands at Southbridge Dental Care. We hope to see you soon for your surgery or dental appointment! Together, we will create your beautiful and lasting smile!

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