At some point, most people need to get a wisdom tooth (or teeth) removed. The more you know and prepare for the oral surgery, the less anxiety you will experience and the faster you will recover. Below are some tips to follow when preparing for wisdom teeth removal.
Talk to Your Dentist
Your dentist will usually be happy to answer any questions you might have about the upcoming procedure. Common questions you might want to ask include:
- How many teeth will you remove?
- Will you use general or local anesthesia?
- How long will the oral surgery take?
- How long will my recovery take?
It also never hurts to research the procedure in advance. Researching will help you identify more questions you’d like to ask.
Make Arrangements for the Day of Surgery
Most wisdom teeth removals occur when the patient is under general anesthesia. This means that you will not be able to work or drive during the day of the surgery. Make sure you have scheduled the day off (if applicable), arranged for necessary childcare/petcare (if applicable), and have arranged for someone to drive you to and from the appointment. Note that you will likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities on the day after surgery, too.
Avoid Eating Before Surgery
General anesthesia can make patients experience nausea and vomiting, so your dentist may recommend that you stop eating at midnight on the night before the procedure, and skip breakfast and/or lunch the next morning. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon if you need to avoid eating or drinking before the surgery.
After your procedure, you will do well to have the house stocked with soft foods, NSAID pain medications, and cold packs. Your dentist will most likely give you gauze and cold packs to take home with you, but it always helps to have backups (and may help calm your nerves before surgery, too.) If your dentist plans to prescribe a pain reliever, ask him or her to let you fill the prescription a day early so you can avoid a trip to the pharmacy when you are still groggy. We also recommend having favorite movies and a comfortable recovery area set up and ready to go!
The day after the anesthesia wears off, you’ll likely be too uncomfortable to perform normal activities. Schedule time off from work or school, to correspond with when you’ll be recovering from wisdom teeth removal.
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