If you are preparing for an upcoming oral surgery, you are likely experiencing a bit of apprehension. You should know that this is very normal and something that oral surgeons are accustomed to dealing with on a regular basis. Oral surgeons will do their very best to help you feel comfortable on the day of your procedure, but in the meantime, this list will give you an idea of what to expect on the day of your oral surgery.
- First, you will check in at your oral surgeon’s office. There, you will be given a list of instructions to go over and will be able to ask any questions you may have about the procedure or the recovery process. Your surgeon may have already discussed these things with you in a prior appointment, but you may feel better if you get some of these answers reiterated.
- If you are having a fairly simple oral surgery under a local anesthetic only, you will be able to drive yourself home the same day and resume your normal activity fairly quickly. If however, you are getting wisdom teeth extracted or dental implants put in, you will likely be under general or intravenous anesthesia. This means that you will need someone to drive you home and care for you for a few hours following your procedure.
- If you are going to be under general anesthesia, it is absolutely crucial that you do not eat or drink anything for at least six hours before your surgery. This includes water. If you have had something to eat or drink within that time frame, let your surgeon know immediately when you check in as your surgery will have to be rescheduled.
- If your surgery is scheduled for late in the day, however, you are permitted to have dry toast of clear liquids the morning of your surgery, just remember to stop eating or drinking at least six hours prior to your procedure.
- After you check in and ask any questions, you will be brought into the treatment room. A simple surgery can take place in office and more severe or involved surgeries may take place at a nearby hospital instead. In both cases, numerous monitors will be attached to you to monitor your vital signs, oxygen levels and heart rate throughout the procedure. If you are going under general anesthesia, you will also have sensors on your head to help monitor brain activity and check on the effectiveness of the anesthesia. As soon as the anesthesia has worked, the procedure will begin.
- Following the procedure, you will be transferred to the recovery room, where you will be monitored for a while as you come down from the groggy effect of the anesthesia. The oral surgeon will then go over your prescriptions and after-care plan with you and the person who will be taking care of you. It is important that they pay attention to this because chances are you will forget a lot of the time immediately following the surgery due to the anesthesia.
- Finally, go home and rest. Monitor your pain levels and be sure to attend the follow-up appointment you schedule with your surgeon prior to the surgery.
- After that, the recovery process will be well underway.