It is common to experience anxiety and nervousness before a complex dental procedure such as a dental surgery. Most people will keep getting recurring thoughts about the day of the dental surgery and might feel like they are stuck in a rut. The good news is that modern dentists have an array of tools and techniques at their disposal for resolving dental issues in a painless manner. They offer a complete range of dental Services to ensure the optimal health of your mouth, teeth and gums and make patients utmost feel comfortable before, during, and after dental procedures.
However it is vitally important to calm your nerves before a dental surgery for a better and comfortable experience at the dental clinic. If you are about to undergo an oral surgery to reconstruct your mouth or get dental implants or correct any other dental issue and cannot stop feeling nervous, here are a few things you can do to effectively prepare yourself for oral surgery.
Be Well Informed
The mere thought of having surgical instruments in your mouth can often lead to feelings of nervousness and anticipation. One of the best ways to relieve your fears is to schedule an appointment with your dentist to gain an adequate understanding about your surgery and address your concerns. Ask questions such as why you need this surgery, how the procedure will be performed, the risks that might be involved, benefits of undertaking the dental surgery and steps you should take before and post the surgery. Furthermore, do find out if your treatment bills are covered by your insurance provider which can make it easier for you to afford the treatment. Ask the dentist for a written description of the procedure and confirm with your insurance company if you are eligible to receive the insurance for your dental services.
If you have an underlying health condition, inform your dentist beforehand
Certain health conditions can affect the outcome of your surgery and raise the risk of complications. It is important to make time for maintaining overall body health and to be in the best state of physical health possible before your surgery. If you are dealing with medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure or taking any medications or undergoing any therapy, inform your dentist beforehand and talk to your physician and surgeon about how to keep them under strict control. Also dental surgery requires time to heal properly and may take a few weeks. Talk to your dentist about improving your strength and endurance to ensure a quick healing process and faster recovery.
Discuss about the type of sedation involved
The idea of receiving sedation during an oral surgery can intimidate patients who have qualms about the safety and efficacy of sedation and general anesthesia. It is important to discuss your concerns with your dentist straightforwardly and be informed about the unique nature of the sedation technique involved because information is power and can help prevent nervousness. Also ask important questions such as how long the effect of the sedation will last, potential drug interactions and anything else that you may have in mind to close knowledge gaps. Also, notify your doctor if you have ever had an adverse allergic reaction to anesthetics.
We would also like to add that today sedatives and anti anxiety drugs are the mainstay of intense dental procedures and oral surgery. When administered by a trained and certified surgeon, sedatives are safe and effectively block pain during a dental procedure thereby helping you stay relaxed.
Make sure you have someone to drive you home
Sedation may take away your anxiety during the dental procedure but it can impair your judgment, cause confusion and make you feel groggy for some time after the operation. Hence it is advisable not to drive a vehicle immediately after the surgery. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you on the day of the surgery and drive you home safely.
However if you do not have someone readily available to help you return to home after the surgery, make alternate arrangements. You may consider booking a taxi from a reliable ride sharing platform to drive you home safely. One thing we’d like to warn you about is using public transportation after an extensive oral surgery as it can increase the level of discomfort especially when there isn’t any seat available and the place is bustling with noisy strangers around.
Also dental procedures can be long which means your phone’s battery is likely to drain. It’s a good idea to carry your mobile charger with you to avoid any delays in booking and get through the day.
Follow Pre-operative Instructions properly
Like in any other surgery, there are pre-op instructions to be followed before your oral procedure. Your dentist will educate you about all preoperative instructions and precautions you will need to follow prior to the surgery. He or she may advise you not to eat or drink for 8-12 hours before your appointment. In addition to giving special instructions, he may prescribe you some medications to take before your procedure. Remember to take your medicines timely and in the correct manner. Be sure to follow all pre-operative instructions dedicatedly and sincerely when gearing up for the big day!
Also, smoking is injurious to health is a no brainer. It is advisable to refrain from smoking before the surgery for at least 72 hours before the before and after the surgery as it can delay the healing process and may even form dry sockets.
Arrive Early and Prepared
Finally, on the day of surgery, reach 15-20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Utilize this extra time to complete all the necessary paperwork and clear your doubts, if any. Also, you can practice some deep breathing techniques to calm the mind and ease anxiety before the surgery.
If your surgeon has advised IV sedation for your surgery, it is recommended to wear short sleeves, a loose and comfortable dress. This will make it convenient for the nurses to check your vitals and your blood pressure cuffs will also fit properly. Avoid wearing any jewelry and contact lenses as you may have to remove them before the procedure.
Pro tip for oral surgery aftercare
Eating spicy, thick and chewy foods immediately after an oral surgery can cause problems and slow the wound healing process. It is very important to discuss with your dentist about the foods to eat after undergoing an oral surgery. It is generally recommended to eat soft and easy to chew foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and soups for a few days after the surgery to assist in healing and to avoid unnecessary pressure on your teeth and gums.
When oral health goes beyond repair, we are often faced with decisions on restorative treatments and dental surgery. While it might seem hard to muster courage and cope with the stress of undergoing an oral surgery. but remember no distance travelled is too far if you really want to save a tooth or restore oral health or regain the lost smile. All you need to do is utilize your pre-surgery time wisely and prepare for the surgery both mentally and physically. Follow pre-op instructions properly, ask questions from your dentist to close knowledge gaps and keep oral health and overall health in mind to stay motivated.