Living through oral surgery and recovering after it

 

There is nothing scarier than the dentist’s chair for some people. And we wouldn’t blame them either.

You are surrounded by machines with extensions that look and sound like chainsaws, you are partially blinded because a strong light is glaring on your face and a guy or a lady with a weird looking mask is going to prop and prod in your mouth.

Those are reasons to be scared. Aren’t they?

Jokes apart, an oral surgery for treating injuries, infections or defective teeth is much easier than what most people imagine. Modern day dentistry clubbed with the advancement in anesthesia make the procedure painless and smooth and with some practical tips, you should be able to tide through it and recover soon.

If this is the first time you are going to venture into the dentist’s chair for a surgical procedure, then here are a few tips to help you.

The days leading up to the surgery

These are the days that are most troublesome and will be spent in anticipation and consultation with your dentist. Your mind will be clogged with doubts and fears. Speak to your dentist about them. Your dentist will give you a list of dos and don’ts to be followed before the surgery. This may include medications that you must avoid and foods that will be disallowed. Smokers may have to quit smoking until they heal completely from the surgery.

Preparing for the surgery

You will most likely be discharged within a few hours after the surgery and you might want to make arrangements for transport. Also, since you might be under general anesthesia, it is a good idea to tag a buddy or your partner along for the surgery. If they can stay with you for a day or two after the surgery, then they can help you with the immediate aftercare as well as contact the dentist, if an emergency situation were to crop up. You will be under medication and an extra pair of hands can do you a lot of good.

The Aftercare

Depending on the surgical procedure that was carried out, it may be a few days or even a few weeks until you are fully healed. During these days, ensure that you get enough rest. Your dentist will give you a complete list of guidelines to be followed and medications to be taken. Ensure that you follow these to the T. Keep an eye out for signs of an infection or a complication like excessive bleeding. Tobacco and alcohol are best avoided. Some smokers have been known to develop a condition called dry socket if they continue to smoke after oral surgery. This condition requires emergency medical attention. This may arise even if you drink through a straw. Avoid it and drink from a normal glass or bowl. You will be on a soft diet for a few days. So it is imperative that you follow and understand these steps completely.

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