How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

You’ve made the decision to have oral surgery. Congratulations! What should you do ahead of time to make sure this whole experience goes as well as possible? Check out our answers to the following frequently asked questions. A few key steps will ensure a quick and successful recovery.

What do you need to know for a successful oral surgery?

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for oral surgery is bring your questions to your oral surgeon at the consultation. Make sure to discuss any medication you’re currently taking. Your oral surgeon will provide you with prescriptions for medication you’ll need for the surgery, if needed. The other key ingredient in a successful oral surgery is rest. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, and then, clear your schedule, so you have proper time to heal. Rest is the best way to ensure excellent results.

Can I eat or drink before oral surgery?

Avoid all eating or drinking the morning of your surgery and at least six to eight hours leading up to it. If you take medications and we approve them ahead of time, those are allowed with just a little sip of water. We know fasting is no fun, but the reward on the other side is worth it.

What type of anesthesia is used for oral surgery?

We have a variety of options that we recommend, depending on what oral surgery you’re having done. From a local anesthetic to nitrous oxide, IV conscious sedation, or general anesthesia, our goal is to keep you comfortable, safe, and relaxed. We specialize in administering all types of sedation and encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of receiving oral surgical care under one of our anesthesia options. Sedation eliminates pain and any memory of the surgery while enabling top oral surgeon, Dr. Valiente, to do his best work, quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

Can an oral surgeon administer anesthesia?

Yes! Oral surgeons complete four years of oral surgical training in a hospital setting after completing dental school. They have been trained to safely deliver all forms of sedation, and they maintain continuing education in anesthesia on a regular basis. Dr. Valiente is board certified and has extensive experience and training in the administration of anesthesia, allowing him to provide our patients with safety and comfort at the highest level possible. When it comes to providing for your safety and comfort, Dr. Valiente is unparalleled.

What is the recovery time after oral surgery?

The answer to this question depends on what oral surgery you’re having. Most of our patients are back to their busy lives within 2 or 3 days after extractions. If your surgery is more involved, it could take a few extra days or weeks for full recovery. Be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth during that time. Remember to avoid straws and tobacco. Dislodging the blood clot or the stitches would prolong the healing process. And most importantly, rest. Allow your body the time to heal. This is what will speed up your recovery more than anything else.

What food should I eat after oral surgery?

The day before your oral surgery, stock up on all your favorite soft foods, like soup, Jell-O, yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes. Then, after surgery, once you’re feeling good about moving on from clear liquids, enjoy these delicious treats, but consume them slowly.

Resist the urge to drink with a straw, including the ones in your water bottles. That could dislodge the clot that will be covering your extraction site which can lead to lots of pain and a condition called “dry socket.” Also, if you smoke, refrain from that habit while you’re healing as it can also cause delay your recovery.

What are the treatment options for pain after oral surgery?

You won’t feel any pain at all during your surgery and if you are sedated this will ensure your experience with us is very comfortable and safe. Later in the day, as you return home and the anesthesia wears off, you’ll want to use an ice pack on your face and take over-the-counter medications to manage any discomfort. If needed, we’ll also send you home with a prescription for stronger pain medication to have on hand.

If you have questions or are ready to set up a consultation, please call us at 813.968.5400.