Let’s face it; most normal rational people aren’t exactly going to jump for joy when they are faced with the prospect of going under the knife in normal circumstances. However when you throw in the fact that the surgery will be performed on your teeth or mouth area by a dentist rather than a doctor, it can throw an extra level of anxiety over the procedure, particularly if this is the first one the patient has experienced. Unfortunately, sometimes this will be the only solution available to you if you happen to have either a severe tooth complaint or an injury to that area.
While you might not be looking forward to it, it has to happen in order to resolve the issue and prevent it from getting worse. One thing that you can do to help relax yourself is to adequately prepare for the procedure you are about to undergo. Most of the time your surgery will be carried out by a dental surgeon but sometimes they will merely supervise a general surgeon doing the work. So in this article we will be looking at some top recommendations on how to adequately prepare for dental surgery procedures.
Don’t eat anything before the surgery
The chances are that at some point in your surgery you will be placed under local, or more likely for severe problems or extensive surgery, general anesthesia. You doctor or sometimes, where applicable, an anesthetist will be brought in to administer this in order to effectively numb the pain of the procedure and to prevent any movement or reaction on your part from interfering with the procedure and causing further damage or complications. It’s important to remember that any anesthetic use on yourself will require you to fast for a set time in advance of undergoing surgery.
This is to prevent the contents of your stomach accidentally flowing into your lungs causing a major and potentially serious complication known as “aspiration”. Your anesthetist or doctor will have a specific plan for you to follow in order to prevent this, this usually involves drinking more water the day before and fasting for at least after midnight before your operation. However, this could be longer or shorter dependent on the recommendations of your anesthetist.
Arrange alternative transport.
Another consideration about the surgery and anesthetic you will have to take into account is how you plan on getting home after the procedure. Most of the time, when you recover from anesthetic you will be in no fit state to operate a vehicle and under no circumstances should you even attempt it, you run the risk of not only incurring a penalty from the law for operating a vehicle under the influence (yes that covers anything that incapacities your ability to operate the vehicle) you also run the risk of getting into an accident endangering both yourself and other people.
So be smart and make sure that you arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up from the surgery afterwards to transport you home and make sure you get into your home okay. Alternatively, you could arrange a taxi in advance with specific instructions on where you live and pre warning them that you will be severely incapacitated after undergoing surgery and they are to ensure you get into your home safely. This will be something that most cab companies would be fine with if told well in advance.
If you’re nervous or unsure, ask your dentist!
Most dental practitioners are not completely blind to the fact that a lot of people have anxiety or nervousness coming into their practice for actual dental surgery. And a dentist worth his salt will do everything possible to ensure that you are not scared or apprehensive before the procedure. It’s in his interest to have you as calm and relaxed as possible before the procedure begins as it will greatly promote your recovery and at the end of the day, he’s a human being too, and doesn’t want to see you in undue stress.
If you, at any time, are unsure of something or you have any concerns, don’t be scared of sharing it with your dentist and asking him for more information, he should be happy to provide it.