If you are in need of dental implants to replace any missing teeth in your mouth, you may be slightly nervous. After all, dental implants must be surgically implanted into your mouth. In order to calm your nerves a bit, you will want to be sure that you are taking the proper steps to prepare for the surgery. When you do this, you can be sure that you are well prepared enough to be comfortable and confident when you arrive to your dentist's office. Here are five ways to prepare:
- Rinse Mouth with Mouthwash: Before going to your dental appointment, be sure to rinse you mouth with antibacterial mouthwash, which will get rid of any food particles and bacteria that you won't want infecting the surgically treated area. Although your dentist will also be cleaning your mouth beforehand, it never hurts to take extra precautions.
- Eat Breakfast: Before receiving dental implant surgery, be sure that you eat breakfast or lunch. This is important because you want to be sure that your body stays stable during the process. Without any food in your system, you can feel lightheaded and even pass-out. On the other hand, if you are going to be under sedation during the surgery, then your dentist is going to ask that you do not eat before-hand.
- Have a Driver: You are going to need to arrange a ride to and from the dentist with a friend or family member. This is important, especially if you are going to be under sedation. You won't want to drive after having an extensive surgery done. This can be extremely dangerous.
- Take Your Antibiotic: When your dentist schedules your dental implant surgery appointment, he or she is probably going to give you an antibiotic to take a certain amount of time before the appointment. Do not forget to take this, because you may have to reschedule your appointment if you didn't take it in time, which can be a major inconvenience, especially if you have prepared in all other ways for the appointment.
- Take Time Off: Finally, once you have scheduled your appointment, be sure that you are able to take some time off work. You are going to want to take time off to help the swelling go down more easily. If you are standing on your feet all day, it can make swelling much worse.
By knowing these five ways to prepare for dental implant surgery, you can be sure that you are well prepared enough to ease your mind and make you feel less nervous once the appointment time actually arrives.