Before any oral surgery, you can expect to receive pre-op instructions, which you should carefully read prior to your procedure. These will contain important information about what to expect before, after, and during your surgery. After you’ve read your instructions, make sure you know the answers to the questions below. If you’re not certain, don’t hesitate to call and ask—it is important to be well-informed before any procedure!
1. What medications will I need after the procedure?
You will want to know what medications you need during your recovery process prior to heading into your procedure. This is because you will need to make your trip to the pharmacy before the surgery, as you will not be able to do so while you’re recovering.
2. Are there any complications or risks I should be aware of?
While your dentist will likely go over this with you, you should always make sure you’re aware of the risks of any procedure. Ask if there are any risks of infection, pain, or dry socket during your recovery period, and what you can do to prevent these complications.
3. Will I need to plan for a ride home?
If your going to be under general anesthesia, you will need to plan for a ride before and after your procedure. Make sure to ask what type of anesthetic or sedative you will have during the surgery, and confirm whether or not you will need to book transportation.
4. What should my diet be after surgery?
Your dentist will likely provide you with a list of do’s and don’ts for your recovery period—this includes foods/beverages you can consume. You will want to grocery shop in advance to purchase healthy, soft foods. Avoid spicy or acidic snacks and stick to beverages like water, tea, or milk.
5. Can I eat before surgery?
It is very likely that your dentist will ask you to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least eight hours prior to your surgery. This will help to avoid any risk of aspiration during the procedure. If you need to take medication, you can do so with a small sip of water.
6. What time would you like me to arrive?
Make sure you are very clear on your arrival time! You will want to be at least 20 minutes early for your procedure. This will allow you to finish any necessary, last-minute paperwork and ask any final questions before the surgery.
7. What can I expect from the recovery process?
You’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared for the recovery process. Ask how much time you should expect to need off of work and what amount of pain is typical. This will allow you to discern if anything abnormal crops up during the healing process.
Do you have any questions you’d like to ask about your procedure? Call TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago and Hegewisch today!