Oral Surgery Boulder: Preparing for Your Procedure
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Are you or a family member about to have your first oral surgery? Boulder patients of Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center can follow these six tips to ensure a predictable process!
Take Someone with You to the Pre-Op Appointment
Have a family member or close friend come with you to your visits, even if it means waiting in the reception area during your consultation. They’ll be able to ask questions about how they can help you when they drive you to and from your scheduled procedure (since you’ll likely be drowsy from sedative medication) and be familiar with the location of the oral surgery center.
This step can help to minimize confusion on the date of your actual surgery and keep everyone’s stress levels down!
Keep Your Written Home Care Instructions
Having any type of oral surgery can leave you feeling a bit anxious and distracted, causing you to forget information that you may have discussed with your surgeon beforehand.
Or, if you’re undergoing sedation, you may not even remember anything about your oral surgery. Boulder patients will receive a written set of home care instructions with basic FAQ and information to follow (such as how to clean your mouth after eating, changing out gauze, when to take medication, etc.)
Fill Your Prescriptions Beforehand
Depending on your oral health status and the type of oral surgery (Boulder) that you’re having completed, your surgeon may prescribe different medications to take leading up to or following your procedure.
This may include a pre-op mouth-rinse to lower bacterial levels inside of your mouth, an antibiotic, or recommendations for an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Have everything on hand and take it as directed to minimize any unwanted side-effects.
Stock Your Pantry
Over the first several days you’ll want to have a soft diet that won’t interfere with your surgical site. Some good foods to stock up on beforehand include pudding, applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, etc.
After any oral surgery, Boulder patients will need to take their time before progressing into firmer or crunchy foods. Have enough items on hand to get you through at least 3-4 days, just in case you’re unable to drive yourself anywhere.
Come Back for Your Follow-Up Visit
Your post-op appointment is essential to ensuring that you’re recovering properly from your oral surgery. Boulder oral surgery patients may also need to have dressings or stitches removed from their surgical site, depending on which type of procedure they had.
For most individuals, this visit is a couple of days up to two weeks after their treatment. Should any signs of infection be present, it will allow your provider to take steps to intervene before other complications arise.
Contact Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center
Did you think of a question that you didn’t discuss during your pre-op visit or isn’t mentioned on your take-home instruction sheet? Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center invites you to reach out at any time with concerns you may have. Call us today!
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