Even though surgery may be necessary for your health, it’s often intimidating, regardless of the situation. However, there are many things you can do before the day of your surgery – especially when it comes to oral surgery – to make the recovery process go smoothly (and quickly, we hope). While recovery times will vary depending on the procedure you’re undergoing, the more you’re able to do before your surgery, the less you’ll have to do after. Taking care of your transportation arrangements, meal plans, and even entertainment can hopefully keep you from straining yourself when you should be resting afterward.
With any surgery, your surgeon will use anesthesia so you’re not conscious during the procedure. However, this will probably make you groggy afterward, impairing your ability to drive. Arranging for someone to come with you prior to the day of the surgery will ensure that you have safe and reliable transportation home.
With most oral surgeries, you’ll likely have to stick to a soft diet for a few days (or longer, depending on the procedure). Planning this ahead of time and even making the meals (if you can), will make eating a breeze!
Prepare Recovery Area
Whether it’s set up you’re bedding or making sure there’s plenty of entertainment within arm’s reach – preparing your recovery area will come in handy after your surgery.
Ask For Help Beforehand
If you need someone to pick up prescriptions for you, or even make your meals – try and plan accordingly beforehand. Remember, each thing you do prior to your procedure is one less thing you must do after!
Have you seen your dentist in the last 6 months? If not, now is a great time to schedule that next appointment! Don’t forget to keep up with regular dental appointments, maybe you can avoid oral surgery altogether.