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Preparation and recovery after OMS procedure

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Preparation and recovery after OMS procedurePatients need to follow general rules and steps before and after surgery to ensure minimal risks and maximum recovery. Our surgeons will give you a step by step process for recovery.

Preparation for an OMS procedure

Once a patient has been scheduled for an oral surgical procedure, they should quit smoking for smokers for at least 24 hours before the surgery. Patients should also not eat or drink anything for a minimum of six hours before the surgery. It is important for patients to inquire about the procedure, such as administering anesthesia, how lengthy it will be, the risks and complications involved, and how long the recovery will take. The patient needs to optimize pre-operation appointments to rest all their concerns and questions regarding the surgery.

On the day of the surgery, it is important to wear easy-fitting clothes with short or easy rolling sleeves as the surgeon will have to administer anesthesia and sedation via an IV during the surgery. Patients should remove dentures, jewelry, contacts, makeup, or other accessories that might hinder or interfere with the procedure. For outpatients, arranging for a ride and home care is important as anesthesia won't wear off immediately, and management of medication, for example, fitting gauzes, might be difficult alone.

After the operation, patients need to know or have stocked up on post-operative care procedures, including post-surgery foods, including a liquid diet, creating a pleasant recovery station. Pain, inevitable after oral surgery, needs to be iced to reduce swelling or take recommended pain medication. During the first 24 hours post-operation, a patient is advised to rest completely and not engage in strenuous activities. Usually, a surgeon will recommend taking great care of oral health to minimize infection and fasten the healing process. Brushing gently, without toothpaste, and rinsing with a saline solution throughout the day, especially after meals. 

Resumption of normal activities might commence within three days post-operation apart for complicated procedures, for example, extraction of a couple of teeth. Patients are advised to seek professional help if bleeding, swelling, or discomfort persist after some time, depending on the procedure undergone.

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