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Friday, August 14, 2009

Guide to Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The following are tips to help you prepare for your surgical appointment.
  1. Clothing - Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that are easily rolled up.
  2. Jewelry - Remove watches and bracelets.
  3. Transportation - An escort is mandatory for surgery. The patient must be escorted to the office and the escort must stay at the office during the surgery. Surgeries rarely take longer than 60 minutes and the recover room stay is rarely longer than 20-30 minutes.
  4. Diet - Patients must refrain from EATING and DRINKING for six hours prior to surgery.
  5. Medications - Patients must adhere to their normal medications prior to surgery. All maintenance medications such as high blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid medications must be taken on schedule. Take medicine with a small amount of water or juice. THIS IS THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO RULE #4.
After surgery, a 48 to 72 hour recovery is expected.


Immediately following surgery, do take note of the below. I noted them down because I will make the same mistake if I am the patient.
  • Do not use straws. Drink from a glass.
  • Caution: If you suddenly sit up or stand from a lying position you may become dizzy. If you are lying down following surgery, make sure you sit for one minute before standing.
  • In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour including the prescribed medicine. You should then sip on coke, tea or ginger ale. You should sip slowly over a fifteen-minute period. When the nausea subsides you can begin taking solid foods and the prescribed medicine.
  • Brushing your teeth is okay - just be gentle at the surgical sites.
  • If you are involved in regular exercise, be aware that your normal nourishment intake is reduced. Exercise may weaken you. If you get light headed, stop exercising.

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