Chances are, you are not going to feel like going anywhere, except home, when your procedure is done. In fact, it's recommended that you go straight home.
There are a few things you should have ready in your house before the day of your surgery so that you can focus on getting better.
OTC Pain MedicationUndoubtedly, after the anesthesia has worn off, you are most likely going to be in some pain. Over the counter pain medications are a good thing to have in your medicine cabinet when needed. Avoid those that contain aspirin, as they can thin your blood and exacerbate bleeding. Opt for acetaminophen instead.
Ice Packs/Heat PacksAlso following oral surgery, you may experience some swelling. While it usually peaks two to three days after your procedure, you can take steps early on to minimize it. Using an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off during the first 24 hours will aid in that goal.
After the first 24 hours, ice loses its effectiveness. Instead, after 48 hours, you should switch to moist heat. This helps to clear up swelling faster, by opening up blood vessels to carry fluids away quicker. Alternate 15 minutes on and 15 off for the best results.
Eating will be difficult following surgery, but proper nutrition is essential to a speedy recovery. Stock up on hearty, vegetable filled soups, soft fruits (or those that can be blended into a smoothie), vegetables that can be cooked to a soft consistency, yogurt, milk, oatmeal, and eggs. Your surgeon will most likely provide you with a complete list of acceptable foods, or suggest what to eat if you ask.
When you lie down, you should keep your head elevated above your heart. Doing so will help to keep swelling down. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable pillows with which to prop yourself up.
Your activity should be limited while you heal. But you don't need to lie in bed doing nothing all day. Stock up on books, if you enjoy reading, art supplies, board games, or movies. Now is a good time to enjoy your leisurely hobbies, or pick up a new one.
Resting should be your top priority after your oral surgery procedure. Contact our office to find out what else you can do to prepare.