Oral surgery can be daunting for many people, especially if they are unsure what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. At the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute, we understand you may have questions or concerns about your upcoming surgery. By better understanding what to expect, we can help you ease anxiety and be more confident in your decision to receive oral surgery. We have compiled a list of common questions our patients ask before their procedure, and we hope they can help you find some comfort before your upcoming procedure.
What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used?
At the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute, we have a few sedation options, and depending on the nature of your procedure, multiple types of anesthesia can be used. Primarily, we will administer a local anesthetic in the form of lidocaine to numb the area in conjunction with other methods. For more straightforward procedures, we will use Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas. This method is effective in easing anxiety and raising your pain tolerance.
For more extensive surgeries or if you experience high anxiety levels, we recommend a heavier anesthetic administered with an IV. The state licenses Dr. Davis to administer general anesthesia, so you can receive the care you need while in our office. However, if you opt for general anesthesia, you must enlist a family member or friend to transport you to and from your procedure.
Will I Experience Pain During or After Surgery?
Knowing whether or not you will experience pain during or after your procedure is an entirely understandable concern. Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. During your surgery, you will be given a local anesthetic or general anesthesia to numb the area and prevent you from feeling any pain. You may experience some pressure or discomfort, but Dr. Davis and the team will do their best to keep you relaxed and comfortable for the duration of your procedure.
After surgery, it’s normal to experience some discomfort or pain as you heal. Dr. Davis will provide you with pain medication and aftercare instructions to help manage your pain and promote smooth healing. Following these instructions carefully is important as they encourage a faster and more comfortable recovery. If you have any concerns about your pain level, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can better assist you.
Will I Need to Modify My Diet or Activity Levels Before or After Surgery?
Before any procedure, Dr. Davis and his staff will ask you questions about any medications you might be taking and review any dietary restrictions before and after your surgery. Specifically, you should not consume medications such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, as these medications can cause increased bleeding during surgery. Generally, for most surgeries, you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything eight hours prior to your appointment to prevent nausea and to keep any liquid or food from traveling to the lungs.
Following your procedure, our staff will discuss your specific dietary restrictions, but here are some general guidelines to consider when it comes to eating after surgery. Be sure to eat soft foods like apple sauce or ice cream, avoid spicy foods, and drink plenty of fluids.
What Aftercare Will Be Required Following My Procedure?
After your oral surgery, following the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Davis is essential. Doing so will minimize unnecessary pain and reduce complications like infections. Dr. Davis will give you specific guidelines for your situation, but there are some general things to remember. Be sure to avoid driving directly after your procedure and avoid any strenuous activities for several days. Drink plenty of fluids, but be careful not to use a straw as it can cause complications with your surgical site, and limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid chewing on the side of the incision.
You’ll likely experience some bleeding from your surgical site over the first 24 hours, be sure to apply gauze and ice to minimize swelling. Rather than brushing, flush your mouth with warm salt water and rinse often, especially after meals. Contact our office immediately if you experience extensive bleeding, unusual discomfort or redness, or a temperature higher than 101º.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
Recovery can depend on the type of oral surgery you have undergone; every patient is unique in their needs. If you follow aftercare instructions carefully, you will recover smoothly and minimize pain, swelling, and complications. It’s essential to take these instructions seriously to heal appropriately. Remember to attend post-op checkups and wait until Dr. Davis gives you the green light. If you have any specific questions or concerns about your recovery, reach out to us, and we would be happy to help you understand what will be necessary for your situation.
Undergoing oral surgery can be an intimidating experience, but asking the right question can help you understand what to expect, ease your anxiety and be better prepared for your procedure. We are committed to providing our patients the best care, including addressing your questions or concerns. Dr. Davis and our incredible team are here to help you achieve optimal oral health and comfort. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Davis today!