Tips to Help You Prepare for Oral Surgery

Tips to Help You Prepare for Oral Surgery

Oral surgery offers plenty of benefits for people with simple to complex oral health issues, helping patients of all ages make sure their teeth and gums stay healthy. There are many reasons to have oral surgery:

  • To remove wisdom teeth
  • To remove impacted teeth
  • To prepare for dentures or implants
  • As part of periodontal disease treatment
  • To repair fractures or other injuries
  • To perform bone grafting

That’s just a partial list. But regardless of the reason for oral surgery, every patient can benefit from a little pre-procedure preparation.

At his practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, Daniel Wank, DDS, uses state-of-the-art oral surgery techniques focused on each patient’s needs. 

If you’re anxious about your upcoming oral surgery appointment, he offers these six simple preparation tips to help you feel more relaxed, confident, and at ease.

Ask questions

For many of our patients, not knowing what to expect or what their surgery entails can cause anxiety. You might not want to know all the details of your surgery, but you probably want to know the basics, at least. 

By being informed, you may feel more confident about the procedure and your recovery.

During the initial evaluation, we encourage our patients to ask questions about their procedure, including why we recommend it, so there’s plenty of time to feel comfortable about the surgery. 

Of course, you can still ask questions the day of your surgery or even call our practice the day before for any questions or concerns that remain. 

Understand anesthesia

We offer several types of anesthesia, tailoring the choice of anesthetic to the type of procedure. Other factors, like patient preferences or level of anxiety, can also play a role.

Before your procedure, we discuss the anesthesia options we offer, along with the type of anesthesia we recommend. It’s also important to understand how you’ll feel after your procedure. Most types of anesthesia leave you feeling at least a little drowsy for a few hours.

Arrange for a driver

Anesthesia can impair your judgment and reaction time. You won’t be allowed to drive for several hours and probably for the remainder of the day. Have someone on hand to drive you home from your appointment and to pick up prescriptions or possibly run other errands.

Prepare for recovery

Today’s oral surgery techniques help our patients heal a lot faster, but most procedures involve at least some recovery period. Have soft foods or liquids on hand so you don’t have to scramble to find something you’re allowed to eat. 

Your gums and teeth will be sore after your surgery, and you’ll need to pamper the surgical site for a bit. 

During that initial healing period, your diet will probably be restricted to soft foods, and you might need to avoid spicy or very hot foods. Stock your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer ahead of time to make your recovery period smooth and hassle-free.

Wear comfy clothing

Most oral surgeries take an hour or more. Wear loose, comfy clothing so you’re comfortable during the procedure and recovery. If you’re having an IV line placed in your arm, wear short sleeves. Leave your jewelry at home, too. 

Other tips: If you wear contacts, switch to glasses, since your eyes will be closed during the surgery. Skip the lip balm, lipstick, and any perfumes or scents, and choose comfortable shoes.

Review recovery instructions before your surgery

We provide you with detailed instructions to follow during your recovery. That might include keeping your head elevated or applying some ice to reduce swelling. The instructions spell out dietary recommendations and how to brush and floss while the area heals.

If we recommend prescription pain medication during your early recovery, you might be able to have your prescription filled ahead of time so it’s ready for you when you get home. We can send your prescription order to the pharmacy before you leave on the day of surgery, so you can ask your driver to stop by and pick it up on the way home.

Don’t let anxiety prevent you from getting the care you need to stay healthy. If you have questions or concerns about an upcoming oral surgery or if you have tooth or gum pain or other symptoms, call 607-300-6787 or book an appointment online today.

Daniel Wank, DDS
✆ Phone (appointments): 607-300-6787
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 212-867-0345
Address: 115 E 61st Street, Floor 6, Upper East Side, New York, NY, 10065