If our doctors at Lytle, Tate & Stamper have decided you need or would benefit from dental surgery, you’ll want to make sure you do everything you can to prepare well prior to your surgery day. If you do some legwork beforehand, you’ll be less likely to end up with post-op complications and your recovery time be smoother and faster. Keep reading to learn a few tips on how you can prepare for your dental surgery.
1. Discuss Your Dental Surgery Thoroughly With Our Doctors
As with any surgery, it is important that you discuss your dental surgery with our doctors at their Glendale office prior to your surgery date. Be very thorough during your discussion and ask any and all questions you have so you will know what to expect.
2. Make Sure You Have A Ride
Before you’re scheduled to come into our Glendale office for your dental surgery, make sure you have someone to pick you up after your procedure is over – especially if you are having IV anesthesia. If possible, have them bring you to your appointment to sit and wait while you’re having your surgery. This way they will be available as soon as you’re done.
If you plan to have IV anesthesia, it is important that you avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the night prior to your dental surgery. Having an empty stomach under general anesthesia prevents the risk of aspiration for Glendale patients. If you have medications to take the morning of your dental surgery, be sure you check with our doctors first, and if they clear you to do so, take them with just a small sip of water.
4. Wear Comfortable Clothing
Make sure you wear comfortable clothes to your dental surgery. Glendale men and women should wear short-sleeves and loose-fitting clothing. Short-sleeves are especially important if you are going to receive IV anesthesia so our doctors will have easy access to your arms to insert the IV drip.
5. Make Sure You Have Soft Foods At Home
Our doctors recommend that their patients plan ahead for their dental surgery by making sure their kitchen is fully stocked with soft food options. When you leave our office after your surgery, your mouth will be swollen and sore. It is important that you avoid hard or crunchy foods for a week after your procedure, and instead eat soft foods, slowly working your way back to your normal diet.
6. Know When You Should Reschedule
We’re not talking about rescheduling because you don’t feel like having dental surgery. Rather, you should know when to change your surgery date if you come down with a medical condition that would make dental surgery dangerous. A mild cold won’t make surgery unsafe, but if you have flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, muscle or body aches, or a fever, please call our office as soon as possible to reschedule your dental surgery.
Call Our Office Today
If you’re on the books for dental surgery at our office, be sure you prepare well. If you have more questions regarding your procedure, contact our office in Glendale today at (818) 240-1805 to have them answered.