Oral surgery can be scary, but there are ways to prepare for your new, full dental implants. While most people know about the aftercare that helps the healing process, many do not realize that before care is key in reducing anxiety and aiding your road to recovery.

Dental procedure example or oral surgeon example1. Talk to Your Oral Surgeon

Every surgery is different and it’s important to know the ins and outs of the procedure before sitting down in the chair. Find an experienced oral surgeon and set up an appointment to talk with them before surgery — this is an important time to ask questions, whether they feel silly or not.

Remember to include talking to them about pre-op care, such as fasting, medications, after care so you can prepare, etc.

Many people do not realize that they may need to stop taking certain medications before receiving full dental implants. Additionally, talking to the person performing the surgery will create a line of trust, ensuring you feel more comfortable leading up to the day of the operation.

2. Stock Up on Soft Food

As a dental implant patient, it’ll be hard to eat post-op. Before you enter the operating room, be sure to stock up on soft foods like yogurts, puddings, and potatoes. Doing this will save you a painful trip to the store later. Your surgeon will let you know when you can return to your normal diet.

3. Find a Trusted Driver if Sedated

Ride-sharing apps have become more common, but it’s important to get a trusted friend or family member to agree to drive you to and from the surgery. Do this in advance — this time is stressful enough without worrying about how you will get home. It is illegal to drive after.

Your health is the most important thing. When receiving full dental implants or undergoing oral surgeries, it is imperative to prepare. Not only will this reduce your anxiety upon entering the oral surgeon practice, you will be on the right track to recovery.