When it comes to oral surgery, there are certain steps you can take to ease your pain and promote a speedy recovery. Read on to learn about pain management during and after oral surgery!
Sedation During Oral Surgery
Our expert team at Optimal Dental Spa will provide you with sedation options to help you feel at ease and comfortable during your procedure, especially if you experience dental anxiety. Whether you opt for nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation administered in pill form, or IV sedation, we’ll provide you with a solution that’s tailored to your needs. And we’ll monitor you throughout your procedure to ensure your safety and comfort.
Managing Pain After Oral Surgery
As you recover after oral surgery, there are several ways you can reduce your oral pain, swelling, and chance of complications:
- Closely follow any instructions we provide at your appointment.
- Take it easy so your body can recover. Rest and sleep with your head slightly elevated, and avoid heavy lifting, bending over, and vigorous physical activity for several days.
- Keep the affected area clean by gently rinsing with water and brushing carefully around the area. A saltwater rinse can help keep the area free of bacteria.
- To reduce swelling, ice your cheeks in 20 minute increments. Wait at least 20 minutes between icing sessions.
- Eat soft nutrient-dense foods like pureed soups, baked sweet potatoes, mashed steamed vegetables, macaroni and cheese, blueberries, bananas, low-sugar yogurt, and smoothies.
- Avoid straws, caffeine, and foods that are crunchy and/or chewy like pretzels, chips, nuts, and hard bread.
- Do not use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
- Finish the entire course of any prescribed antibiotics.
- Extra-strength acetaminophen is an effective painkiller for many patients. But if needed, take any prescribed painkillers only as directed. Do not take someone else’s painkiller prescription and never share unused pills with anyone else.
Questions? We Have Answers!
If you experience any increasing pain, swelling, or bleeding after your procedure, reach out to our team right away. We’re here to help your oral surgery and recovery both go as smoothly as possible. So please contact us today if you have any questions before or after your procedure.