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How to Prepare for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Shaun Rai
How to Prepare for Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryIf you are scheduled for oral surgery, there are several things you need to consider to ensure you undergo a safe and successful procedure. The last thing you need is to go unprepared, compromising your oral health and recovery time. Many oral procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and usually involve local and general anesthetics.

Like any other invasive procedure, the patient should approach oral surgery fully prepared: physically and mentally. It would help if you made similar preparations before surgery and follow-up appointments after surgery to mitigate the risk of infection. Here are some tips to help you prepare for oral surgery and reduce downtime.

Know the Drinking, Eating and Smoking Rules

Suppose you are scheduled for surgery, and general or IV anesthetics are part of the sedation plan. In that case, you'll need to take the same pre-operative precautions as anyone undergoing an invasive surgical procedure. These guidelines include not drinking or eating anything 8-12 hours before surgery. A light meal is allowed at least an hour or two in advance if the procedure requires a local anesthetic. Ensure you brush and floss your teeth, and refrain from tobacco use 12 hours before surgery and 24 hours after.

Organize Transportation and Post-Operative Care

While this sounds obvious, you shouldn't underestimate the impact of oral surgery, especially when sedation is used. Have a family member, friend, or colleague drop you off and drive you home afterwards to avoid safety hazards due to impaired reflexes. If you are taking a taxi or ordering an Uber, wait until the dentist tells you it is safe.

Plan Your Post-Operative Diet

Plan a post-operative menu made up of soft foods that don't require much effort to chew. Steer clear of acidic or spicy foods that can irritate the surgery area. The dentist will recommend suitable protein drinks during the initial recovery stages and offer guidance on what to avoid for a faster recovery.

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