Many dental practices, including regular cleanings, X-rays and everyday hygiene, are focused on preserving your teeth. However, sometimes tooth extraction is inevitable. This is most common in the instance of wisdom teeth, but sometimes other teeth must be removed as well. Preparing for an extraction procedure can help you be less anxious and enable faster recovery.
Consulting with Your Dentist
One of the best ways to prepare for a dental surgery, including a tooth extraction, is to discuss your procedure with your dentist or oral surgeon ahead of time so you know what to expect. Some questions you might want to ask include:
- What kind of anesthetic is appropriate?
- How many teeth need to be removed?
- Can I choose conscious sedation in addition to local anesthetic?
- What can I expect during recovery?
- What kind of medication can I take during recovery?
- Can I take medication before the extraction to reduce discomfort?
These questions will help you get a good idea of what your procedure will be like and how your recovery is likely to go. This type of foreknowledge will help your procedure go smoothly and also help ensure a comfortable recovery.
Getting Ready for Your Visit
You will probably wish to have someone take you to your appointment and drive you home, just to be on the safe side. This is particularly true if you have received oral sedation to help you remain more comfortable during your procedure. Oral sedation takes some time to clear out of your system, so it probably will not be safe for you to drive.
If your oral surgeon has prescribed or recommended medication before your procedure, be sure to have it ready or take it during the time period your doctor recommends. Also be sure to ask any last-minute questions you might have or clarify any instructions before your procedure begins. If possible, take notes or have someone take notes for you so you won’t forget what the surgeon tells you. By following these simple steps, you’ll be sure your extraction goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
Contact our experienced team at Surgical Arts if you have any additional questions regarding an upcoming tooth extraction. Call us at 817-552-3223 and schedule an appointment today.