The Oral & Facial Surgery Centre performs several different types of oral surgery ranging from wisdom teeth extraction, to jaw surgery and cleft repair. Although each surgery performed is different, all require preparation leading up to and after surgery. Below we will list several steps which can be taken to help make your recovery process more comfortable and safe. These are general guidelines and it is still important that you consult with your surgeon for specific preparation instructions pertaining to your exact surgery.
Stock Up On Your Medication & Recovery Food In Advance
After having oral surgery, you will not feel like going out grocery shopping or waiting in line to pick up your medication. If possible, it is recommended that you obtain your medication prior to surgery, so that it is available immediately. You will also want to stock up on soft, cool food that will be easy to eat. For most oral surgeries, it is important to avoid hot fluids and the use of a drinking straw for 1 week.
Make Transportation Arrangements
Most oral surgeries require some form of anesthesia. Anesthesia can vary anywhere from light sedation to a deep sleep. The Oral and Facial Surgery Centre is accredited by the College of dental surgeons of BC to provide all levels of anesthesia. Due to anesthesia, it is not advised to drive immediately after surgery. You should arrange for someone else to drive you home following surgery.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Making yourself comfortable can help make surgery a more pleasant experience. Wear loose-fitting clothing such as short sleeved shirts and try not to wear too much makeup or jewelry. You may also want to consider removing any contact lenses.
Discuss Concerns With Your Surgeon
Many people have a fear of oral surgery. If you have any questions regarding your surgery or you have any fears, it is important that you discuss these with your surgeon. There are many strategies that can be implemented to help you overcome your fear or at least improve your confidence.
Prepare A Comfortable Recovery Space At Home
Post-operation you will need to set aside some time to rest and recover. Make sure you have a relaxing place set-up at home where you can sleep comfortably and have entertainment close-by such as movies, books, magazines, etc. to keep you occupied when you are awake. Extra pillows and blankets can help you stay cozy and comfortable.
Keeping your teeth clean is very important post-operatively. Your teeth should be kept as clean as possible after surgery as you did before. Obviously, this will be more difficult initially as a result of any swelling, numbness, discomfort and possibly limited mouth mobility. That said, oral hygiene is always important and should be maintained post-op.
Depending on your surgery, you may not be able to have anything to eat or drink the morning of your surgery, including water. Please consult with your surgeon to find out. Often, it is also recommended that you do not chew gum or suck on hard candy and avoid smoking after your operation.
For more information regarding post-operative care, please refer to our patient resources page or call us to discuss your specific needs over the phone.