If you’re preparing to go under the knife you’ll want to follow a set strategy for accelerating your recovery.
Use these 4 tips if you need to undergo oral surgery.
Speak to Your Doctor
Touch base with your surgeon or dentist before the procedure to get things straight. Talking to a medical professional can give you confidence in both the surgery and the processes around both preparation and recovery. The pre and post operation stages are as important as the surgery itself. Get the facts about the procedure. Your surgeon or dentist should be able to fill you in about any questions you may have. Think of these chat sessions as therapeutic, anxiety-reducing meet ups. Chatting about any concerns or fears you may have about the surgery dissipates these worries instantly. You’ll always feel better when fear, doubt and anxiety are released from your mind. Don’t forget to talk about distraction methods or sedation options with your dentist or surgeon.
Care and Transit Plans
Making plans for both your care and transportation is critical. Think about how you’ll feel after the surgery. If you’re going under you won’t be able to drive yourself nor will you be able to make clear, cogent decisions regarding your well being for a least a few days after the surgery. Pick a surgery friend or family member to accompany you to the procedure. This individual will drive you home after the surgery and will also be around to get clear answers to any questions you may have after the procedure. Let’s face it; you likely won’t be the most clear-thinking individual after your oral surgery. Think of your surgery partner as back up when you need to get information regarding your care post operation. If you have young kids have friends or family member watch them during your recovery period.
What you wear can help you feel better during your procedure. Think comfortable clothing. Ditch the tight-fitting pants and shirts as these restricting articles of clothing can increase your discomfort in an already uncomfortable situation. Loose-fitting, short-sleeved clothes are the way to go. Stay away from jewelry because you’ll need to remove it during the surgery and ditch the new threads. You’ll want to put on old duds because you’ll be subject to staining during your procedure. If you don’t want to ruin your nice new clothing go with older clothes that you won’t mind trashing after your surgery. No make-up please but consider bringing moisturizer to hydrate your dry lips.
Chow Down Intelligently
Getting the proper nutrition is a must after oral surgery. Plan out your post operation diet to ensure you’re eating healthy and to accelerate your recovery. Stay away from spicy foods that may agitate your gums. In some cases you’ll be consuming a liquid diet to facilitate healing in your mouth. Soft foods are the way to go because you won’t be able to do much chewing. Remember not to use a straw when downing your shakes. Doing so may create a painful condition.