Steps to prepare for oral surgery
The day of your wisdom tooth extraction or dental implants is coming up soon. Are you ready?
- Schedule time off from work or school, to correspond with when you'll be recovering. Time varies from one patient to the next.
- Prepare a comfortable area in your home to rest and enjoy a relaxing form of entertainment, such as watching TV. The effects of the anesthesia can take up to 24 hours to wear off completely.
- Make sure you have some cold packs at home, and your supply of over the counter pain medication. Apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off to reduce swelling.
- Don’t eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight of the evening before your surgery.
- Remember to dress comfortably. You’ll feel better overall and will be ready to rest after your surgery.
- Arrive 20 minutes early to give yourself time to complete any last-minute paperwork, and to relax for a few moments prior to the surgery.
- A person 18 years or older must accompany you on the day of the surgery. The accompanying person must be PRESENT in the waiting area during the surgery they may not leave the facility. Transportation must be available and onsite during your procedure.
- Stick to a liquid and/or soft foods for the first day or two. Examples include soups, yogurts, fruit milkshakes, smoothies and mashed potatoes.