If you find yourself in need of dental surgery, your instinct is probably to panic. Nobody likes going to the dentist, and when there’s a procedure required, things can be even more nerve-wracking.
However, try to remember that there’s nothing to fear. You will be in the hands of professionals, with amazing technology, who will also know how to help you manage any pain. Here are a few steps to take to prepare for your procedure and ensure a safe and speedy recovery.
Talk To Your Surgeon
Opening up about any questions or anxieties you may have about your procedure can be a great help for you and your oral health practitioners.
Be sure to find out about any pre-surgery steps you need to take or instructions to follow, discuss potential risks associated with the procedure, ask about local IV sedation dentists, and generally address any reasons you might be feeling uneasy.
You might also want to discuss the steps you will need to take post-surgery to ensure you recover well and find out how to make the process as easy for yourself as possible.
Preparing for your procedure will entail more than simply showing up at the hospital. Once you’ve found out the details of your recovery, start making plans for how you’ll handle things.
This might entail things like organising transportation to and from the hospital, preparing some soft or drinkable food beforehand (since your options will probably be limited), arranging child-care if this might be a problem, and even stocking up on items like painkillers, ice and heat packs, meal replacement shakes, etc.
Remember that if you receive general anaesthesia, you’re likely to feel drowsy for a day or two post-surgery.
Dress the Part
Showing up for your surgery in full glam isn’t going to do you or your surgeon any favours. Be sure to keep things minima’, practical and comfortable (you may be required to remove all your clothing anyway).
You’ll want to skip the makeup and jewellery and consider tying your hair back for your surgery. Pack a bag to take along with you too.
Follow The Rules
Talking to your surgeon or dentist and finding out the details is the first step, the next step is to make sure you follow these instructions as carefully as you can.
You may be given instructions such as to not eat or drink anything at least 12 hours before your surgery or similar guidelines. You will also most likely be required to not smoke for a few hours before the operation. Keep in mind that these instructions are always given in your own best interests.
Take it easy. As nervous as you might feel, try to be calm and relaxed about your upcoming procedure.
Bring along a book or a podcast to listen to while you’re waiting to go into your surgery, and if having a loved one nearby will help ease your stress, find out about the Covid-19 regulations and whether or not you’ll be allowed to have someone around before and after your operation.