1. What time should I arrive?
Ask your dentist when you should arrive to ensure you have plenty of time to complete any required paperwork. We suggest you arrive early to avoid stress; you can use those extra minutes to relax and get into a calm state before the procedure begins.
Many dentists will ask you to arrive at least 15 minutes early to take care of any last-minute details before the surgery. Plan accordingly!
2. Can I eat before the dental surgery?
If your procedure requires general anesthesia, your dentist might ask you to fast at least 12 hours before the surgery. However, other types of anesthesia don’t require fasting, so be sure to get clarification from your dentist.
If you need to fast, you’ll usually need to stop eating at least 12 hours before the dental surgery. Understanding the type of anesthesia your dentist will use can help you prepare properly.
3. What are the complications/risks?
Before you agree to any surgical procedure, you must consider the risks and possible complications. No surgery is risk-free, so you need to know the specific risks associated with your procedure.
Your dentist should explain any risks from the anesthesia and the surgery. The more you know, the easier it is to make an informed decision.
4. Do I need someone to drive me home?
If your dentist recommends that you arrange a ride home after surgery, you’ll need to plan accordingly. Again, some types of anesthesia take longer to wear off and can leave you feeling drowsy.
If you are still feeling the effects of anesthesia after your surgery, you will need someone to drive you home. Get clarification from your dentist so that you can make appropriate plans.
5. What will the aftercare involve?
Depending on your specific dental surgery, you may need several follow-up appointments. In addition, you may need to follow detailed instructions to care for the surgical area. For example, your dentist might recommend a restricted diet and or a specific mouth rinse.
Your dentist should explain the best way to care for your surgical site. However, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you need it.
Dental surgery, like any surgery, is something you want to prepare for properly. By asking the right questions, you’ll know what to do before and after your procedure.
Dr. Benjamin Duval and his professional staff at Duval Periodontics are happy to answer any questions you have about your dental surgery. Give us a call today!