Top 5 Things To Know Before Going Into Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can be scary.  I am not sure why but for some reason the prospect of a major joint surgery such as a knee replacement, seems less scary than any type of dental surgery.  Except for one experience I have actually had exceptional dentists so it isn’t a concern about their skill so much as probably being awake, seeing them, and having to keep your mouth open.  And I haven’t even had to have any type of major dental surgery.  My only real exposures have been teeth removals – wisdom and other (to make space – far too many teeth) and one cap.  I don’t even get cavities really – just one filling.

But there are so many oral surgery possibilities and I know I would have to prepare beforehand.  A friend of mine has constant dental issues – my heart breaks for her but she never really complains too much about it.  She kind of goes with the flow.

Choose the Right Dentist/Oral Surgeon

As with anything you need the right specialist.  Find what you can out before meeting them.

  • How long have they been practicing?
  • Male or female – if it matters to you
  • Online reviews – nowadays you can find just about anything out online.  Having said that – it is also easy to mislead people online.  Do the research but don’t rely solely on the research.
  • Recommendations from friends – this is actually how I chose my current dentist in colorado springs. My previous one retired. And after my research, the kids and I went one way and my husband and mother-in-law went another.
  • Visit – set up a consultation and review your history, needs, etc… to see if this specialist can meet your needs.

Insurance

So you now have an oral surgeon such as Thomas Ocheltree and it is time to move forward.

  • Do they take your insurance?
  • What will your out of pocket cost be?
  • If you don’t have insurance what is their out-of-pocket cost for what you need?
  • Do they have a payment plan option?

In my vast experience – for medical procedures, I have really good coverage but there is always a gap with coverage for dental services.  If you find your insurance or lack of insurance is not sufficient – do some research and see if there are any voluntary programs you can participate in.  They would have a waiting period but financially it may be a really good option for you.

Your Oral Surgery Plans

Depending upon the extent of your oral surgery you could be offered anything from numbing, laughing gas, or sedation to full-blown anesthesia in a hospital setting.  My current dentist has a strong no fear/no pain practice.  He works hard to make sure his patients are comfortable – which is why I have moved there with my kids.  My kids have special needs and require a great deal of patience and understanding.  More than once he has stopped what he is doing so we would come back another day – over and over until the kids can handle it as a more routine situation.  Don’t be shy to ask for what you feel you need to get through the procedure.

Ask as many questions as you can about the procedure beforehand.  There should be no surprises.

The Big Day

This is critical – speak to your doctor.  Someone such as Thomas Ocheltree will have already told you what to expect.  But you need to ask – should you have something from your doctor to calm down beforehand?  Don’t just do it because your oral surgeon needs to know what meds are in your system at the time of the surgery.  Discuss your list of medications prior to the surgery in case there are some you shouldn’t take on that day or for a period before.  For example – if you are on blood thinners that could create an issue with some procedures.  Personally, I find that CBD oil can go a long way to calm a person prior to a stressful event like this.  You also need to know if your plans should include someone driving you – will you be able to drive yourself afterward?  You don’t want to be stuck without the ability to get home.

Afterward

You may need to be on a soft food diet afterwards for a period of time.  Make sure you have what you need on hand before the big day because you won’t want to run around for it while you are in need of it and uncomfortable.  After any and all procedures I always have arnica on hand – it is a homeopathic remedy that I find very helpful.  And most of all – you will probably need rest so plan on plenty!

 

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