Though oral surgery may seem daunting, removing wisdom teeth is a common and routine procedure performed to ensure long-term oral health. While every patient and every procedure is unique, there are general pre-surgical guidelines to follow in preparation for your postoperative period so that your experience and outcome is the best it can be. Depending on the type of anesthesia your surgeon has determined to be the best option for your surgery and comfort level, instructions vary.
Pre-Operative Wisdom Teeth Extraction Instructions
If you are scheduled to have IV Anesthesia/Deep Sedation, prepare as follows:
- Diet – Have an empty stomach. A period of 8 hours of fasting prior to the procedure is required.
- Clothing – Wear comfortable and warm two piece clothing, with short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily drawn above the elbow. Wear shoes that are comfortable and safe.
- Transportation – Arrange for a responsible person to escort you to your appointment, remain with you in the office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home.
- Medications – If it is necessary to take medication on the morning of the surgery and you are scheduled for IV anesthesia, use the least amount of water necessary to swallow them.
Following the procedure, it is recommended you rest for at least 2 to 3 days, during which you will need to have a diet consisting of only soft foods.