Patient Tips for Managing Oral Surgery During the Holidays
The holidays are traditionally a time when we surround ourselves with family and friends, make that long trip to visit Grandma, or ring in the New Year shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow revelers – but nothing has been traditional about 2020. While no one wants to spend their holidays undergoing and recovering from oral surgery, if it needs be done, the holiday season is a good time to do it.
We know that oral surgery isn’t exactly festive but making a few adjustments beforehand can mean the difference between resting comfortably and the alternative. Put the tips below on your list, be sure to check it twice, and you’ll be on your way to a successful recovery:
Share the cookies and eggnog with Santa. Eating might be the last thing on your mind as you head into surgery but your post-operative diet plays an important role in recovery. Restrictions vary depending on the procedure, but plan on advancing your diet back to normal as soon as possible after surgery. Your jaw muscles are used to talking and eating every day. It is best to avoid long periods of time without using those muscles as they will tend to stiffen, cramp, and become very sore. It’s best to avoid spicy or acidic foods, such as tomato-based sauces and orange juice, which can cause burning or pain if ingested too soon after oral surgery. Hydration also plays an important role in recovery. Though seasonal spirits might be on your mind, we -urge you to use caution when consuming alcohol if you are taking narcotics or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Rest & Recovery is the new Holly & Jolly. While you won’t be out caroling, you can make the most of this mandatory downtime by planning ahead. Cue up movies or TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch, grab some good books and get ready for a few days of sedentary entertainment – doctors’ orders! While we encourage a quick return to normal, it is extremely important to manage your pain properly in the first 48-72 hours following oral surgery. Proper pain management often requires taking medicines that make you drowsy. Thus, it is best to have some easy at-home entertainment ready to go. To help minimize swelling, it’s important to keep your head elevated, so keep pillows and blankets within arm’s reach of your couch, recliner, or bed. Whether it is the TV room, bedroom, or den, preparing your rest and recovery area before surgery will help you avoid last-minute scrambling, making for an easy transition home.
Don’t wait until the ball drops to get ahead of pain and infection. The amount of pain after oral surgery varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s individual health history. Drs. Stewart and Michael will prescribe any necessary medication to prevent infection and/or manage pain. Before surgery, and again upon discharge, you will receive detailed postoperative care instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment if needed. To ensure a smooth recovery, it’s essential that you follow these instructions and keep your post-op appointment if applicable. If you experience any recovery related problems or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Texas Oral Surgery Group has served the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community for over three decades and Drs. Stewart and Michael have over 50 years of combined experience. Our entire surgical team at Texas Oral Surgery Group is Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) certified, which is the highest level of certification granted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). If oral surgery is on your list this holiday season, you can rest assured that you’ve made the right choice for your oral and maxillofacial needs.
We pride ourselves on delivering the best patient experience possible. From your first call and consultation with Drs. Stewart and Michael through the entire treatment process, our team is dedicated to providing quality patient care. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our locations (Denton, Plano, Decatur, Gainesville ).
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