Preparing for Oral Surgery Surgery of any kind can be draining and exhausting. As a result, it is important that you properly prepare for oral surgery. One of the many types of oral surgery that you may undergo is the removal of a tooth. This is a very common procedure that many people undergo. In addition to preparing for this procedure, you will want to make sure that you make some preparations for yourself for after you have had the tooth removed. Following the procedure, your mouth will be numb and you will probably not feel very well. Scheduling for Oral Surgery You will not want to have to do many things. Instead, you should rearrange your schedule so that you can go home and lie down until you have recovered somewhat. The area from which the tooth was removed will probably be tender for several days. This means that you will probably not want to have to eat crunchy foods that may irritate this area. Oral Surgery Diet Instead, you will want to have easy access to soft foods as you will probably not feel like running out to the store following the procedure either. Make sure that you take the time to pick out some of your favorite soft foods from the grocery store before your appointment. You may want to consider applesauce, pudding, popsicles, yogurt, and ice cream. Cold items are also good choices as the cold temperature will help encourage your blood to clot. Medication Following Oral Surgery Depending on the type of surgery you undergo, your dentist or specialist may or may not prescribe a certain kind of painkiller to you. If you can, have someone else go and pick up this prescription for you so that you do not have to wait for 20 minutes, miserably, at a store to get it. In addition, you will want to take some of this medication right after the procedure, even if your mouth is still numb. Painkillers often work to prevent infection following oral surgery. It is important to have this protection as soon as possible. You will also want to make sure that the medication has started before the numbness wears off, or it may be quite painful. If you are not given a prescription for a painkiller, you will want to ask your dentist what kinds of painkillers you can take. Aspirin is generally not recommended as it makes your blood thinner and after the surgery you will need it to get thicker and clot. However, if you find that the pain is still too much while taking Tylenol, be sure you ask your dentist for a prescription painkiller. In some cases if the pain is too much you may be suffering from a complication. By letting your dentist know, you will be able to receive the appropriate treatment before it becomes too severe. In other cases though, your dentist should be able to prescribe something that will cut the pain. Oral Surgery Recovery The main thing you should do following the oral procedure is to go home and rest. In most cases, you should also avoid exercising for at least 12 to 24 hours in order to give yourself time to heal. The amount of time you will have to wait to exercise after oral surgery or wisdom teeth removal will depend on the severity of the procedure that you underwent. When you lie down, you should make sure that you elevate your head on a pillow. You should also avoid other positions, such as bending over, that allow the blood to rush to your head for at least two or three days. Before you leave the office, the dentist should make sure that you know how to take care of the bleeding. However, if you think you are bleeding too much, you should let your specialist know. Most of the time, you will be able to simply apply gauze and put pressure on the bleeding area. Directly following the procedure, the gauze will probably need to be changed every 30 to 45 minutes. Often you will bleed more than you expect, but this is completely normal. Most of the time it is only a little blood that mixes with a lot of saliva. This makes it appear like you are bleeding a lot more than you really are. The period of heavy bleeding should not last more than an hour or two. If this condition persists, you will want to make sure you consult with your dentist to find out what you should do to stop the bleeding and to properly take care of the affected area.