Wisdom tooth extractions are some of the most common oral surgeries. However, many patients still feel nervous before their operation. Taking the right steps before your oral surgery will help you feel comfortable and confident going into your procedure. Below, we’ll share our tips for preparing for wisdom teeth removal.

Learn More About Your Procedure

Preparing for wisdom teeth removal can be overwhelming. Learning about your procedure beforehand will help you know what to expect before, during, and also after your surgery. Your oral surgeon can show you x-rays of your wisdom teeth placement to better explain your tooth extraction. They can also fill you in about the procedure in general, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Be Honest With Your Surgeon

It’s important that your surgeon knows about your medical history and lifestyle. This will help them to best prepare for your surgery. Be honest with them about drugs, alcohol, prescription medications, or anything else that you think could affect your surgery.

Get Ready Before Surgery

Your oral surgeon will give you specific instructions for the night before your surgery, so be sure to follow these exactly. Some procedures will require you to fast from food for a certain number of hours. You should also abstain from alcohol, as well as medications that haven’t been approved by your oral surgeon. Lastly, make sure to prepare your environment for an easy recovery. Stock up on soft foods and/or liquid nutrition, and make sure you have a quiet place to rest.

The Day of Your Surgery

While a wisdom tooth removal is a simple and routine procedure, at the end of the day, it’s still surgery. Therefore, it’s important to be comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes to the oral surgeon’s office, and try to leave the jewelry, makeup, and/or contact lenses at home. Also remember that you’ll need someone to drive you home, so make sure you have transportation planned.

Have Questions About Your Oral Surgery?

Whether you’re preparing for wisdom teeth removal or simply have questions about the process, Rock Creek Oral Surgery is here to help. Call us today to make an appointment with a qualified oral surgeon.