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How should I prepare for oral surgery?

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Oral surgery can go a lot easier if you put in a little preparation. You should:

  • Understand the reasons for your procedure, and learn the risks and benefits.
  • If you’re getting sedation, you’ll need a ride home. And don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before, and wear short sleeves to help nurses take your vital signs and put in your IV.
  • Have a container for dentures, partials, or removable bridgework.
  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete paperwork.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Wisdom Tooth Extraction."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Smoking and Anesthesia."

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists: "Driving Under the Influence of Anesthesia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Preparing for IV/Oral Sedation."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions."

National Institutes of Health: "Patient Education/Preparing for Third Molar Removal."

Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery: "Sedation Dentistry: A Safe and Comfortable Way To Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed"

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Wisdom Tooth Extraction."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Smoking and Anesthesia."

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists: "Driving Under the Influence of Anesthesia."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Preparing for IV/Oral Sedation."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions."

National Institutes of Health: "Patient Education/Preparing for Third Molar Removal."

Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery: "Sedation Dentistry: A Safe and Comfortable Way To Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed"

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

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