It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous before a tooth extraction, especially if you have never had oral surgery before. While tooth extractions might seem intimidating, improvements in dentistry mean these procedures are easier and far less painful than they have been in the past. Being prepared for both your surgery and your recovery will help you feel more comfortable during and after surgery. Here is what you can expect while you recover from your tooth extraction.
Sedation and Pain Management
During your oral surgery, you will receive sedation to stay comfortable. Ask your dentist if you can expect any side effects as a result of this sedation. Some types of medication will linger in your body after your surgery, which means you will need a person to drive you home after your procedure. Your dentist will also be able to tell you the best way to manage pain during your recovery. Some patients might be prescribed pain relievers, while others will be perfectly fine using over-the-counter options.
Resting at Home During Your Recovery
Ask your dentist if you will need to take a day (or more) off school or work after your tooth extraction. During your initial recovery, avoid hard foods, hot drinks, and intense activities like exercise. Your dentist will tell you when it’s safe to return to your normal activities.
Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?
Working with a caring dental team will help you feel comfortable before, during, and after your oral surgery. At Royalty Dental Associates, we work with every patient as an individual to provide personalized, comfortable care. Contact us today to learn about your tooth extraction options.