Preparing for Jaw Surgery

It’s not uncommon for people to be self-conscious about misaligned teeth or jaw. Luckily, your jaw can be realigned to improve the form and function of your teeth. The process may take some time to complete and needs some preparation. If you know what to expect before your surgery, you may be more comfortable opting for the surgery. Preparing adequately before surgery may also hasten your recovery. However, if you go into it blindly, you may be in for a rough experience. 

Here are some things you need to do before going for jaw surgery at Aspire Surgical. 

  1. Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions 

When getting ready for an oral surgery, it’s essential to visit an orthodontist or dentist. He or she will advise you on the instructions to follow because not all surgeries are the same. Your dentist may ask you to stop taking some medication because they may lengthen the recovery process. Therefore, it’s vital to follow every instruction you’re given to make the surgery process smooth. 

Visiting your dentist often is also vital because it will help you to know your progress. Before surgery, there may be a need to take X-rays and models of your jaw and teeth position to know if it’s okay to undergo surgery at a particular period. If the time is not right based on the pictures taken, your dentist may advise your surgeon at the correct time. Discuss with your dentist any concerns about your bite and jaws to help him make the right diagnosis. 

  • Find Someone To Drive You To The Surgery And Back To Your House

It’s crucial to find someone who can drive you to the surgery and pick you up after you’re done with the operation. During surgery, your doctor will sedate you. Anesthesia can make you numb, groggy, disoriented, and have an impaired judgment. In this state, it may not be safe to drive home or operate a car. 

 Ask a friend or family member to give you a ride. If you can’t find anyone, it would be best to take a taxi or use public transportation. This option may add some costs to your initial budget, but it’s worth your safety. However, if this option isn’t your favorite, you can ask to stay at the doctor’s office until you can drive home. 

  • Fast The Night Before Your Surgery

Most people love to eat, and this option may not please them. But to recover from a jaw surgery quickly, you may need to fast. Fasting the night before your surgery may help to reduce the risk of aspiration. It’s vital to ask your dentist how long you need to fast to know the precise time. 

Before fasting, you need to drink plenty of water and eat well. Your body also needs to get plenty of rest. Recovery may be an exhausting process, but if you get enough rest, things may be easier. If you’re on medication during your fast, take small sips of water if needed. 

The Bottom-line

You shouldn’t take jaw surgery preparation for granted. Lack of preparation may make the recovery process long. It may also worsen your pain. On the other hand, proper preparation can make the process smooth and comfortable. These simple tips can help you prepare well for your jaw surgery.