Surgery can be a scary thing for any patient to face, no matter how large or small the operation will be. It’s normal to have a few anxieties going into any medical procedure, but sometimes our worries are based more in fear than in fact. If you’ve recently been told by your dentist that you’re in need of oral surgery, we’re going to put some common myths to rest to help put your mind at ease and get you ready to head into surgery with confidence!
MYTH: Anesthetics are not safe to use.
FACT: Surgical anesthetics are safe and helpful!
For most people, the scariest part of anesthetics is the needle used to administer them. A highly trained professional will administer the correct dosage of anesthetics to you so you will be entirely unaware of the surgery as it takes place. The drugs that are used to help knock you out have been tested time and time again and are incredibly safe. While complications exist with any medical treatment, negative effects from anesthetics are incredibly rare.
MYTH: All oral surgery is incredibly painful.
FACT: Many oral surgeries are not classified as painful, but it will depend on the procedure.
Each operation is different, as is each patient. The amount of discomfort you may or may not experience after your surgery will depend on the procedure you have done and your tolerance for pain. Reassuringly, a recent study of patients who had undergone oral surgery found that only 17 percent of patients found the surgery to be more painful than anticipated. Because you will likely be under anesthesia during your procedure, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. Afterwards, as the drugs wear off, you will start to notice some discomfort. Your dentist will be able to prescribe you with medication to help alleviate some of this pain.
MYTH: A dentist can perform all of the tasks of an oral surgeon.
FACT: A specialist is often needed to perform complicated surgeries.
While most dentists are capable of performing smaller procedures such as tooth extractions, larger operations will be handled by an oral surgeon who specializes in such procedures. It’s always best to be in the hands of an expert, and your dentist should be able to point you in the right direction when looking for an oral surgeon!
MYTH: Recovery will take a lot of time.
FACT: Many patients recover from oral surgery in a few days!
Recovery time will depend on the procedure you have done and your overall health, but most people can return to life as normal within a few days of surgery! You can help shorten your recovery time by getting adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy diet before and after surgery, taking prescribed medications, and avoiding smoking and drinking.
If you have an oral surgery coming up that you’re feeling nervous about, or if you simply have more questions about your procedure and what to expect, give us a call at Dental Roots in Naperville today so we can help you out!