Preparing for an Oral Surgery

If you tend to have anxiety before you go to the dentist, you’ll probably be a little nervous before your oral surgery. By choosing a dentist you can trust and preparing the right way, you can do away with the nerves and protect your oral health. Continue reading for tips on preparing for an oral surgery.

Transportation and Diet

Oral surgeries involve the use of anesthetics to numb the area being worked on or sedate the patient entirely. When you wake up or come out of surgery, you might still feel residual effects of the anesthesia. Driving a car in this condition would be extremely dangerous, so you’ll have to have someone pick you up after your appointment. You will also have to fast for about eight to 12 hours before your surgery, so fast the night before.

Healing and Aftermath

After about 48 hours, swelling and discomfort should subside. It’s best to get some rest during this window, so don’t plan on doing anything too strenuous. Depending on the type of surgery, the long-term healing window could last anywhere from a week to a month. Eat soft foods while you heal, especially during the first 48 hours. For the first 24 hours, stay away from alcohol and don’t use a straw. Knowing how to handle the aftermath should be part of your preparation.

Digital Radiographs

Dentists use high-tech equipment these days, and the digital radiograph is the perfect example. This imaging technique gives the dentist a clear look at your teeth and gums, enabling him or her to be more confident and precise during the surgery.


As long as you trust your dentist in Tucson, there’s nothing to worry about when you go in for an oral surgery. Prepare to the best of your ability and ask your dentist any questions you have leading up to the procedure. Call Manela Dental at (520) 744-2039 to learn more about our practice.