1. What should I bring to my first appointment?
You should arrive at your first appointment with your driver’s license, referral slip, and a copy of your medical and dental insurance. Please also bring any pertinent x-rays or photographs that will help our doctors to better understand your condition. If applicable, you should bring a list of any medications you may be taking and a list of any recent surgeries. Children 17 years or younger should always be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
2. What do I need to know before undergoing a procedure under general anesthesia?
If you have plans to drift off to sleep (IV sedation or general anesthesia) for your oral surgical procedure, then it is important to not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours prior to your surgery appointment. Daily medications should be taken with a small sip of water at least 2 hours prior to your procedure. You will also need a friend or family member to drive you home as you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your surgery. This time is necessary to allow your body to fully metabolize the general anesthesia medications.
3. Will there be pain after my procedure?
While it is normal to experience some discomfort after an oral surgical procedure, our team will work with you to ensure that your recovery is as comfortable as possible. This will include over-the-counter and prescription pain medications as well as clear and thorough postoperative instructions to expedite the healing process.
4. How long should I expect to be swollen after my procedure?
Swelling usually peaks 48-72 hours after an oral surgical procedure. Application of ice packs for the first 24 hours as well as sleeping in a more upright position in the days after your procedure will help to minimize postoperative swelling.
5. Will I need antibiotics after my procedure?
Your doctor will assess your need for postoperative antibiotics on a case-by-case basis.
6. When can I brush my teeth?
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene after your procedure will be key to prevent infection and ensure that you heal well after your procedure. In most cases, you will be able to brush your teeth within 24 hours of your surgery. We will often prescribe an antibacterial mouthrinse that will also help to keep your mouth clean while you are healing.
7. When can I resume exercise after my procedure?
In general, we recommend avoiding heavy exercise for the first 3-4 days after an oral surgical procedure. Jogging and lifting light weights are usually okay after this period. It is important to remember you may get fatigued quicker in the immediate days after a procedure.
8. What can I eat after my surgery?
We recommend a soft diet while you are healing. This includes foods like soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, protein shakes and smoothies. If you have had a tooth extraction, then we ask our patients to refrain from using straws for 7 days after your procedure.