Within the world of orthodontics, oral surgery is one of the more serious possible treatments. It’s generally required only after multiple other treatments for an affected area have not been successful, and it can be a final line of defense against certain major issues.
At Redwood Orthodontics, our team will help walk you through all the steps involved of an oral surgery if you end up needing one. Here are a few basic tips and process items to be aware of.
Before oral surgery, you’ll consult with your orthodontist to find out a few details. They’ll tell you about any medications you may need after the procedure – you can ensure these are picked up and ready for you after the appointment. The dentist will also discuss any fears or concerns you may have with you before your appointment, and can answer any questions you may have. This is also where you’ll discuss sedation options or any distraction methods that might be used to help your comfort level during surgery.
Transportation and Post-Op Care
Make sure you make arrangements for transportation to and from surgery – you won’t be capable of driving afterward. In addition, make several preparations for what could be a few days or weeks of recovery: Plan your recovery space, including areas to keep you reclined (you might not be able to sleep flat on your back or on your side while recovering), and keep entertainment in your area. On top of this, if you have small children requiring care, make arrangements based on your expected recovery time well in advance.
Another planning item will be your diet and general intake both before and after surgery. Firstly, follow all fasting or eating directions before surgery – often no eating or drinking for eight hours or more in advance. Don’t smoke at least 12 hours before surgery, or for at least 24 hours after surgery.
In addition, make sure your post-surgery diet is planned out in advance. It will likely include foods that require little to no chewing, and also look to avoid high-acid or spicy foods that can irritate the gums. Look for beverages with plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep you nourished. Do not use a straw for beverages – sucking on a straw can cause painful dry sockets.
What to Wear and Avoid
Wear loose-fitting clothing to the surgery – clothing you’re comfortable in. Don’t wear jewelry, as you may be asked to remove it. Avoid wearing contact lenses because your eyes will stay closed, and try not to wear any makeup or lipstick that will just create a mess. Your lips may become chapped during surgery, so bring some lip balm along.
Want to learn more about preparing for oral surgery, or interested in finding out about braces, retention or any of our other dental services? Call us at Redwood Orthodontics today.