Oral Surgery: How to Prepare for & Recovery from Anesthesia

 At Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists, we value the importance of a smooth and comfortable oral surgery experience. Because of this desire, we offer our patients anesthesia services. Here, providing the highest quality of anesthesia treatment is just as much of a priority as offering superior oral surgery. And in an effort to make your oral surgery experience as pleasant as possible, we have some tips about how you can prepare for and recovery from anesthesia.


  • Familiarity – researching anesthesia treatment is a key component of preparing for treatment. “Anesthesia is a way to control pain during a surgery or procedure by using medicine called anesthetics. It can help control your breathing, blood pressure, blood flow, and heart rate and rhythm,” reported WebMD. The side effects of this treatment also help with patient anxiety and discomfort, so this treatment should be a relaxing experience.

  • Food & Drink – typically, we ask that patients eat lightly the day before surgery and not eat or drink anything after midnight. And, yes, this includes water. This is a standard precaution that’s taken for a patient’s own safety, so we ask for your complete cooperation.

  • Mentality – the calmer you are, the more prepared you’ll be for oral surgery. Try to get as much rest as possible the night before a procedure. And if you’re feeling nervous, experiment with some self-soothing methods.

  • Attire – we encourage clients to wear loose-fitting, layered clothing. For example, “Wear loose clothing such as a T-Shirt that will allow easy access for placement of monitors such as a blood pressure cuff.” Long layers are also great, because some patients report feeling chilly after their oral surgery. To keep you comfortable after your procedure, we will provide you with a blanket.


  • Designated Driver – after your oral surgery, you may be sleepy from the anesthesia, so it’s important that you have a designated driver. For good measure, provide your designated driver with all of your post-surgery treatment information. Doing so will allow this individual to help care for you after surgery. All of our post operative instructions are online and you can review them ahead of time.

  • Medication & Rest – you’re likely to be prescribed medication after your oral surgery, so it’s important that you take it as prescribed and ask us if you have any questions. As you recover, it’s also important to take it easy and get some rest.

If you follow your pre and post-surgery instructions, you’re sure to have a smooth oral surgery experience. Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists  has lots of experience in anesthesia and surgical care, so you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best care possible. Need an oral surgery consultation? Call us today at (262) 634-4646 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wagner.

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