Wisdom tooth removal can be a scary thought for many.
Considering most people develop wisdom teeth and must at some point have them removed due to complications in the mouth, it’s important for the majority to understand how to prepare for upcoming extraction.
Here are some tips on prepping for wisdom tooth removal:
Don’t eat or drink anything six hours before the appointment
Your dentist may advise you not to eat or drink anything within six hours of the surgery. This is important as it is for any other surgery.
Many patients find it easier to schedule their wisdom tooth surgery in the earlier morning soon after they wake up, so they are less likely to be tempted by food or drink. If you do accidentally eat or drink something before the operation, do tell the dentist/surgeon that you did.
Get plenty of rest the night before.
Sleep is important in keeping us alert yet calm and provides a healthy body capable of healing itself. Getting plenty of sleep the night before will help reduce anxiety regarding your surgery and will prepare your body to strengthen itself to get ready to heal once your surgery is completed.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing the day of the surgery.
To aid with any anxiety or nervousness you may have regarding your appointment, wearing loose and comfortable clothing will help you to relax. Also, you’re going to be tired after waking up from your wisdom tooth extraction, so you might as well wear something cozy.
Don’t plan to eat anything hard or chewy after the surgery. Instead, plan meals such as soups, fruit/veggie smoothies, and the like.
Instead of having someone pick up your favorite meal from your favorite restaurant, start thinking of meals or meal replacements that will be suitable for your post-surgery mouth. Perhaps whip up some sugarless fruit or vegetable smoothies for the first few days, or purchase some canned soups or dry soup mixes to make ahead of time.
Don’t eat or drink until your surgeon advises you to do so after surgery. Also, keep in mind that you won’t be able to drink through straws for a while when the surgical wounds are healing.
Especially if you don’t have someone to watch you during the day, you’ll appreciate having soft or liquid-y foods already at hand. Keep in mind that you can’t drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure, so eating at home may be your only option for a little while. Be sure to plan this ahead of time, and let your caregiver know if you have one.
Ensure you’re accompanied by an adult who can take you and pick you up after the procedure is completed.
Most importantly, plan who will take you and pick you up from the dentist after the surgery has completed. Laughing gas often makes patients loopy, confused, forgetful, and very tired.
This is not a good or safe condition to drive in at all. As mentioned, you shouldn’t drive for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Play it safe.