How To Prepare For Oral Surgery

If you and your dentist have planned for you to have oral surgery, it’s helpful to go into the procedure well prepared.  While most oral surgeries are outpatient procedures that permit you to go home soon afterward, the recovery will go more smoothly for you if you plan ahead.  Your dentist or surgeon may have specific instructions for you to follow based on your actual procedure, but here are a few general tips to help you get ready.






Even though you’ll likely be going home shortly after the surgery is complete, chances are you’ll either be unfit to drive, or at least you won’t feel like driving. To take the pressure off, arrange for a family member or friend to drive you to and from the procedure.


Before the surgery itself, ask your doctor about any prescription medications you’ll need to take after the procedure, and try to get those filled before your procedure occurs.  That way, you won’t have the additional complication of filling the prescriptions during your recovery, and you can just go home and take the medications afterward.


Smoking increases the time it takes for your body to recover, and it reduces your resistance to infection.  Your surgeon will mandate that you refrain from smoking for at least a day before and a day after the surgery, but if you’re looking for the right opportunity to quit altogether, oral surgery is the perfect reason!  Your recovery will go much more smoothly if you do.


Most oral surgeries require you to fast beginning the evening before the procedure, especially if general anesthesia will be used.  As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to go to water only beginning 12 hours before the procedure, unless your dentist or surgeon tells you otherwise.

If you have any further questions on how to prepare for oral surgery, your surgeon will be able to advise you more specifically.  Give Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery a call to learn more.