Prior to your surgery, you'll have a pre-op consultation in which we explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. We will also give you pre-operative instructions at this point so that you can prepare for your upcoming appointment. Some of the most common pre-op instructions involve fasting before the procedure, avoiding smoking, and staying away from certain medications. Failure to follow these rules could delay your procedure, and you may need to reschedule entirely.
After your oral surgery, you'll be sent home with detailed Post-Operative Instructions on how to properly care for your teeth and gums. It is common to experience some discomfort, bleeding and swelling, and we will provide you with prescription medication and home care advice on how to best deal with these issues. It is important to follow this guidance closely, as compliance can help you to avoid unnecessary pain and potential complications.
Remember that if you'll be under anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home, and this person should plan to sit and wait during your procedure. Your escort can also be useful in helping you to understand and remember your post-operative instructions.
As always, if you have questions about preparing for or recovering from your surgical procedure, please be sure to contact our office right away.