Preparing for Anesthesia
Oral surgery is usually an outpatient procedure involving either local or general anesthesia. To avoid complications or a difficult recovery, follow these tips to prepare for anesthesia.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an oral procedure is plan ahead. Discuss the details of the oral surgery with your doctor so that you have a solid understanding of the process, time frame, recovery, and expected results. Be sure to bring up any medications that you’re currently taking because some can interact with general anesthesia.
Prepare to eat primarily soft foods during the recovery process. Stock your home with soft foods that demand little to no chewing. Arrange a ride for yourself after the procedure from a friend or a service like Uber or Lyft.
Rules for Eating, Drinking, and Smoking
If your oral surgery involves a general or intravenous (IV) anesthetic, you will need to follow a few pre-operative guidelines. In most cases, you will not be permitted to eat or drink anything for eight to 12 hours prior to the oral surgery. This includes water. If all you need is a local anesthetic, you will likely be allowed to eat a light meal a few hours before the surgery. Be certain to floss and brush your teeth before oral surgery. You cannot smoke 12 hours before the procedure and should avoid smoking for a minimum of 24 hours afterward.
Dress for the Oral Surgery
It is essential that you dress as practically as possible for the operation. Wear clothes that are loose-fitting, short-sleeved, and comfortable. This is particularly important if you expect to be hooked to an IV drip. The doctor and staff will try their best to avoid staining your clothes. However, it’s best to wear clothes you don’t particularly care for to the procedure.
During certain procedures, you will be asked to remove any jewelry. Bring your glasses instead of your contact lenses, as your eyes may be shut for long periods of time if you undergo general anesthesia. Don’t wear any makeup to the procedure. However, you should bring chap stick because your lips might be chapped after the surgery. Out of courtesy for the doctor and the staff, you should avoid body sprays, perfumes, and colognes. If you have long and/or voluminous hair, you should pin or tie it back.
For more information about preparing for anesthesia and oral procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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