How Can Patients Prepare for Oral Surgery?

By: Dr. Carolyn B. Walker


For some, going to biannual dental cleanings and exams is enough to keep their oral health in good condition; however, for many, more advanced treatment and even oral surgery are needed. The entire process can be scary, but if you know how to prepare for your oral surgery, it can go smoothly. Carolyn B. Walker, DDS, can help you create a plan for before and after your oral surgery. Schedule a consultation with Leon Springs Dental Center in San Antonio, TX today.

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery includes any surgical procedure that helps improve your overall oral and dental health. This can include surgeries on your jaw, wisdom teeth, dental implants, and more. There are many benefits to oral surgery, such as better oral health, removal of damaged teeth, trauma repair, jaw repair, joint repair, and tooth replacement. You may be a great candidate for oral surgery if you are experiencing severe oral and dental issues.

How can I prepare for oral surgery?

There are multiple ways you can help prepare yourself for oral surgery to make the experience go as smoothly as possible. Some of these steps include:

  • Pick up your medications before your surgery: Many oral surgeries will require antibiotics or pain medications for your post-op recovery. It will be easier if you pick up the medications prior to your recovery.

  • Go grocery shopping: Following oral surgery, you will be on a strict diet to best care for your healing mouth. Grocery shopping ahead of time makes the entire process easier.

  • Avoid smoking: you will need to stop using smokable tobacco products 12 hours before your surgery and for 24 hours after. This helps to avoid issues during the healing process.

  • Ask for a ride: If you are going to be put under anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home. A friend or family member will have to come with you to take you home.

  • Read all pre-op instructions: It is important that you read all of your instructions prior to your surgery — so you know everything that you need to do before the surgery.

  • Fasting: if you are going to be under anesthesia, then it is recommended that you fast for eight hours prior to the surgery. This helps to reduce the likelihood of aspiration.

  • Sleep well: getting a good night's sleep can help you feel prepared for your surgery.

  • Ask questions: Dr. Walker is here to answer and address any questions or concerns that you may have over the course of your treatment.

While oral surgery can be a scary thing to think about, if you are prepared, then the entire experience can go extremely smoothly.

Where can I get oral surgery in San Antonio, TX?

Oral surgery is a necessity for most people for many different reasons, and you can get through the experience with as little stress as possible. There are many ways to prepare yourself for your surgical procedure, such as stocking your fridge, picking up medications, and just reading over your pre-op instructions. Dr. Carolyn B. Walker can help you answer any questions or concerns you may be worried about. Contact Leon Springs Dental Center in San Antonio, TX today for a full consultation on the overall state of your oral and dental health.

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