While the recovery process tends to focus on what happens after your oral surgery is complete, there are several steps you can take to jumpstart the healing and recovery process before you get into the dentist’s chair. The recovery process is different for everyone and depends on several factors like the type of procedure, your age, health, and how well you heal.
Of course, some factors might be out of your control, but you can take steps to make your oral surgery as successful as possible and lower your risk of complications during the healing and recovery process.
Dr. Scott Young and our team will help you prepare and guide you through the entire process before and after your oral surgery. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young, DDS, serves all of the greater Houston region, including the areas of Highland Village, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Memorial.
6 tips to prepare for oral surgery and ensure a speedy recovery
Our team will provide you with a detailed pre and post oral surgery plan depending on your procedure and let you know exactly what to expect. Here are six tips to help ensure that your oral surgery is successful and that you have a smooth and speedy recovery.
1. Review our instructions and ask questions before your procedure
The key to a successful oral surgery and recovery is to follow our instructions precisely. Before your oral surgery, Dr. Young and our team will explain your procedure and let you know what steps to take before and after your oral surgery.
Depending on the procedure, you may need to make adjustments to your diet and routine before or after your oral surgery. You may need to pause your exercise routine and strenuous physical activity for a few days after your oral surgery.
If you’re unsure how to prepare and what to do after your oral surgery, contact us to ask questions and any concerns before or after your procedure.
2. Tell our team about your prescriptions and medications
Let Dr. Young and our team know if you’re taking any medications before your oral surgery to prevent potential complications.
3. Schedule a ride
Even if you only expect to have mild sedation during your oral surgery, make arrangements for someone to accompany you to your appointment and give you a ride home.
4. Plan to take more time than you think you’ll need after your oral surgery
Everyone heals and recovers from oral surgery at their own pace. If possible, try to allot more time to recover after your oral surgery than you think you’ll need just in case.
5. Dress comfortably
Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes and short sleeves if you’re getting IV sedation for your oral surgery.
6. Plan your post oral surgery meals and buy the supplies you’ll need ahead of time
If you need to follow a specific diet after your oral surgery, buying the groceries you need and planning your meals ahead of your appointment will make it easier to make the adjustments. Your post-op instructions will also list any supplies you may need and how to proceed with your oral hygiene routine following your procedure.
For more information about oral surgery prep and recovery, contact us today to schedule an appointment.