Like most people, you will be surprised when your dentist recommends dental surgery. After you get over the initial shock, you are going to have a lot of questions. Keeping a list of your questions will help you feel fully prepared for dental surgery.
1. What Does My Insurance Require for Oral Surgery?
It is vital to all of us at BC Perio that you get the healthcare you need without stress. You can talk about any need for a second opinion and what, if any, requirements for your dental insurance coverage. You may also discuss other financial options that your dentist may have available.
2. What Do I Need to do Before My Oral Surgery
Talk with your dentist about any medication you are taking and whether they will need to change before surgery. It is always a good idea to ask how many visits to your dentist you might need before you can have your surgery. In addition, you can discuss whether or not you can eat or drink on the day of the surgery.
3. What Can I Expect During Surgery?
Discuss what types of anesthesia you will need during your oral surgery. Talk to your dental surgeon about the risks involved in the surgery and what they will do to alleviate those risks. Ask what the surgeon will do to fix your problem. You may also want to know an approximate time limit for the surgery.
4. How Will I Feel Right After Surgery?
The first question you may have right after surgery is whether you can drive yourself home or whether you may need a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgical appointment. You may also discuss whether the dentist will prescribe pain medication and how to take it safely. Finally, you will need to know what signs you should watch for that might indicate infection or other issues.
5. When Can I Get Back to Normal?
You need to know when you can get back to regular physical exertion, when you can eat normally, and when you return to your typical oral hygiene routine. You may also want to discuss if there are any follow-up appointments that you need to make to keep you on target for total healing.
While it may worry some people when they first hear about oral surgery, you and your dental surgeon can review the facts together. Everyone at BC Perio wants to ensure you have all the information you need to make good dental decisions.