Whether you are getting your wisdom teeth extracted or getting implants placed, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when recovering from oral surgery. While your oral surgeon will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions, you can learn more about the basics of oral surgery aftercare below.
Preparing For The Effects Of Anesthesia
Most oral surgeries will require the use of a general anesthetic. While these anesthetics will begin to wear off rather quickly after surgery, you can experience the effects of anesthesia for several hours after you are awake. In addition to feeling drowsy, some people will have an emotional reaction to these medications as well. Consequently, it is always a good idea to ask someone you trust to accompany you to your oral surgeon's office on the day of your surgery to provide both emotional support and a safe ride home after the surgery is complete.
Avoiding Dry Socket
Dry socket is a very common, and often painful, issue that people encounter after having oral surgery. This issue is most common with people who are having their wisdom teeth extracted. In order to avoid dry socket, it is essential that you do not smoke after having oral surgery. If you are a smoker, you will want to plan ahead to ensure you are able to deal with any cravings you may have following your surgery. This preparation may include things such as purchasing nicotine patches to help ease your cravings while you are unable to smoke. Your oral surgeon may also be able to offer you prescription medications to help ease these cravings.
Responsibly Managing Your Pain
Many oral surgeons will prescribe pain medications following surgery to help you cope with the initial pain that you may feel. Since you will often need to wait several hours or longer before you are able to drive after having oral surgery, you will want to plan ahead by asking a family member or friend to pick up your prescriptions directly after your surgery. This will ensure that you have the pain medication you require if you do experience a spike in your pain levels during this time. You will also want to ensure that you have disclosed any prescription or over-the-counter medications that you are taking to both your oral surgeon and the pharmacist filing your prescription. This will allow you to avoid any negative drug interactions.
Reach out to a local oral surgeon to learn more.