1) Have Food (When necessary)
If your surgeon has planned to offer you sedation or general anaesthetic, don’t ignore to follow the pre-operative instructions provided by them. Do NOT drink (including water) or eat anything for 8 hours before surgery. On the other hand, if you’re about to be given local anaesthetic, have light meals 1 or 2 hours before surgery.
2) Wear Appropriate Dress
Wear loose, short-sleeved dressing for surgery. It’s true that your surgeon will take appropriate care in avoiding any stains falling on your clothes, but it’s worth wearing something that you aren’t much concerned about. Don’t wear jewellery as you will be asked to remove it. Since your eyes will remain closed during surgery, avoid wearing contact lenses. Don’t wear makeup too.
3) Plan for Transportation and Care:
You will have to arrange someone who can accompany you before and after surgery. Chances are that the effect of anaesthesia will make it hard for you to drive your vehicle by yourself. The person accompanying you can also take care of your children during the recovery period.
4) Take Music Along with you
Oral surgery will not be painful as you shall be administered with a local or general anaesthetic. However, most of them are quite often intimidated with oral surgical procedures and this is when music becomes their best companion. Listening to music can reduce anxiety levels and eventually, you’ll be ready for the procedure.
5) Stock up on Post-Op Foods:
Once the wisdom teeth removal procedure is done, you cannot simply rely upon any food right away. Limit yourself to soft and easy-to-chew foods that don’t strain the surgical area. Also avoid spicy and acidic foods that can irritate your gums. So stock up on smoothies and ice creams. (Don’t go overboard with icecreams, though). Remember not to depend on straws while drinking fluids as they can create dry sockets. Here is a list of foods to depend on:
- Ice Cream
- Smoothies & Shakes