If you are preparing for oral surgery, you may be feeling nervous. Will the procedure hurt? Will you face a long recovery? How long will your mouth be tender after treatment?
Of course, recovery and discomfort vary from person to person and based on the type of oral surgery. But at Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, Dr. Chris Tye performs gentle, minimal discomfort care. He also offers medication that can reduce discomfort without the use of opioids.
To learn more about our procedures and pain management protocols, contact our office.
1. IV Sedation
IV sedation can quickly ease both discomfort and anxiety. Dr. Tye will administer the medications into your bloodstream. As the drugs move throughout your body, they will induce a sleep-like state. You can still respond to requests from the treatment team, but you will barely remember the procedure when it is over.
Dr. Tye has extensive training in the administration of dental sedation. He can also adjust the dosage throughout your procedure, so you can come to the office knowing you are in safe and capable hands
After oral surgery, patients are often prescribed opioids for pain relief. This is especially common after wisdom tooth extraction, when 70% of patients are given opioids. Unfortunately, young adults are the patients who most often undergo third molar extraction, and they are also the ones more likely to experience opioid addiction. In fact, young adults prescribed opioids after oral surgery are three times more likely to use them long-term.
Exparel® effectively relieves pain without opioids. Dr. Tye will administer the medication at the surgical site during the procedure. It will block pain signals in the area for up to three days.
3. Follow All Post-Op Instructions
Dr. Tye will give post-operative instructions specific to you and the type of surgery you undergo. You will likely have temporary dietary changes, eating soft foods to allow your mouth to heal. You may also need to avoid strenuous exercise and take a few days off from work or school, depending on the extent of your procedure.
4. Use Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
Although Exparel® greatly reduces post-operative pain, you may still have some minor to moderate inflammation. Fortunately, non-prescription pain medications, such as ibuprofen, are usually enough to keep you comfortable.
5. Choose an Experienced Oral Surgeon
Above all, the best way to minimize pain from oral surgery is to choose a great doctor. Dr. Tye has degrees in both medicine and dentistry. He is consistently ranked one of the area’s best oral surgeons by both peers and patients. He is committed to continuing education and even teaches implant techniques and oral health care to colleagues.
With his vast expertise, Dr. Tye has a detailed understanding of oral anatomy. He also has great surgical skill and an incredible attention to detail. With these gifts, he is able to plan precise surgeries with minimal pain and impact on the surrounding tissues.
Learn More About Our Minimal Discomfort Oral Surgery
To learn more about our pain management techniques or our variety of procedures, contact us online or call (817) 552-3223.
We bring in patients from across the greater Fort Worth area, including Colleyville, Bedford, Grapevine, and Southlake.