Oral surgery could bring you relief, restoring balance and health to your smile, replacing lost teeth, and treating facial trauma. But how do you prepare for these oral surgeries, and how do we ensure you remain calm and comfortable? In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about preparing patients for oral surgery.
The Night Before
We will provide a full set of pre-surgical instructions to prepare you for treatment. This could include avoiding food and drink for the eight hours before the procedure begins, and taking any prescribed medications beforehand as well. Arrange for a friend or family member to bring you to the office, and be on hand to take you home. We recommend wearing loose fitting and comfortable clothing. We won’t have you travel to another office or specialist, all of our procedures are performed in-house.
When You Arrive
When you arrive, you may be given medication to help you enter a deep state of calm and relaxation, if you haven’t already been prescribed medication. We will have you fill out specific forms, and once you’re calm and relaxed, we can begin the procedure. For more serious treatments or those with high anxiety, we could suggest IV sedation, the deepest form of calm available.
During Your Procedure
If you’re going to be conscious, you may feel vibrations or hear sounds, but you won’t feel any discomfort during the treatment. Then length of the treatment could vary. For example, a tooth extraction could take as little as 30 minutes, but more extensive options like dental implant placement and grafting or sinus lifts could take more time. We will give you detailed information beforehand so you can be prepared. For your friend or family member waiting to bring you home, we have free coffee, water, and Wi-Fi to keep them occupied until your procedure is over.
When the treatment is over, you will likely be a bit groggy as the sedation takes time to wear off completely. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions, talking about eating, brushing and flossing, and medication that may help with the healing process. We may schedule a follow-up visit to monitor your smile and remove any sutures. For some procedures, you can return to normal activities after only a day of rest. If you have any questions about our oral surgery options, or what to expect from your procedure, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Oral Surgery Questions?
We want to make sure you’re comfortable and always enjoy your time in our office. If you have any questions about our approach to common oral surgeries or how we keep patients comfortable, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.