Wisdom tooth extraction is a common oral surgical procedure, but no matter its commonality, it does not minimize the need for preparation. To ensure the process goes by smoothly and safely, there are some steps patients should take beforehand. Learn more about what you can do before your procedure.
1. Be Honest About Health and Lifestyle
When the dental assistant asks about any existing health conditions, current medications, or recreational drug or alcohol use — tell the truth. The dental office is a no-judgment zone. The information is only collected for your safety and comfort. For example, beta-blockers used to treat hypertension can inhibit the effect of certain dental anesthetics, which can lead to discomfort and other dangers, so you need to be upfront.
2. Prepare Comfortable Clothing
The length of the extraction procedure and the type of anesthesia used varies between patients. As a result, some patients may undergo an hours-long procedure with conscious sedation. While sitting in the chair, the last thing you want to do is be uncomfortable. Ensure you have a loose-fitting and relaxing outfit picked out beforehand to increase your comfort level.
3. Stock the Pantry and Fridge
For at least a few days post-op, you will want to limit your diet to soft foods, such as smoothies, soups, and ice cream. Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off and you are ready to eat, the last thing you want to do is wait for someone to bring you something. If you stock up beforehand, you will be able to eat right away.
4. Stop Eating and Smoking
No matter the type of anesthesia used during the extraction, you will likely be asked to stop eating several hours before your appointment and if you smoke, you may be asked to stop for days in advance. Like the health screening, this request is only being asked to keep you safer during the procedure and to ensure a smoother recovery.
5. Clear Your Schedule
You should expect to partake in some downtime for a few days after the surgery. Not only do you have to wait for the anesthesia to wear off, but you will likely need to take pain medication for a few days, which can reduce your ability to function as normal. To stay safe, arrange your schedule so that you can stay home.
Undoubtedly, a member of the surgical team will reach out to you in advance and provide you with a list of instructions. However, if you have additional concerns, do not hesitate to ask questions until you are confident.
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6 January 2022