Four Things We Need to Know Before Surgery
Before you step into our office on surgery day, we need to know some aspects of your previous health history that you might not think are relevant. However, any time you undergo sedation or complex dental work, there is a risk of further complications. We’ve put together a list of things that are definitely important for us to know before you undergo oral surgery in our office.
A Heart Condition: Any type of heart condition can be affected when sedation is involved. Having a heart condition doesn’t mean you cannot have the surgery, but it does mean that we need to keep a close eye on things to make sure that you are doing well while we work.
An Artificial Joint: This one might seem weird, but with any surgery comes the risk of infection. Having an artificial joint might encourage us to add an antibiotic regimen that other patients do not need to take.
Uncontrolled Diabetes: Any condition that could affect your immune system is important for us to know about. Diabetes is one such condition that, if not controlled, could cause serious issues during your procedure.
Tobacco Use: Heavy tobacco use hinders your mouth’s ability to heal quickly. Prolonged healing could lead to infection. We ask that our patients cut back or quit smoking before oral surgery. You won’t be able to use tobacco for several days afterward, so you might as well try to quit now!
Preparing for surgery is very important for you, but also for us. We need to know what we are up against so that we can take proper measures while you are sedated to keep you safe. Contact us today to set up an appointment. Should you need surgery, we will go into more detail about pertinent information. We hope to meet with you soon!