How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction

How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction

People are different in lots of ways, but one thing we pretty much all have in common: We really don’t want to have a tooth pulled. That’s understandable — your teeth are part of you, and having an extraction can be nerve-racking. 

The good news: With just a little preparation, your extraction can be a lot easier and less stressful than you might imagine. As a top-ranked dental practice in Oregon City, Oregon, Strauss Dental offers these simple steps to help you get ready for your extraction.

5 tips to prepare for an extraction

If you’re having a tooth pulled, you’re not alone. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that as many as 120 million American adults are missing at least one tooth, including plenty of teeth that were pulled by a dentist. 

It’s a good bet that most of those people were pretty nervous about their extractions, too. And even though today’s extractions use advanced techniques designed to minimize discomfort during and after the procedure, anticipating having a tooth pulled can still be stressful. Here’s what you can do to prepare so you can feel calmer and more relaxed.

#1: Ask questions

Even though you might think you don’t want to know any details about your extraction, knowing what to expect can go a long way toward decreasing stress ahead of time. Make a list of questions, and if you forget to ask something during your consultation, feel free to call before your visit. No question is too silly — our team is always ready to help.

#2: Discuss your medical history

Extractions may be common and straightforward, but if you have a medical problem like a bleeding disorder or a condition that makes you more prone to infections, we need to know that beforehand. Similarly, if you have a heart condition or other chronic medical issue, we need to know before giving you sedation. Be ready to disclose your medical history, including a rundown of any medications or supplements you take, including any over-the-counter products.

#3: Ask about sedation

Many extractions can be performed using local anesthetics to numb the tooth nerve and the surrounding gum. If you’re really nervous, though, sedation can help. Talk to us about these issues before your procedure, since some sedatives and anesthetics require fasting ahead of time. If you have sedation, you’ll need to have someone with you to drive you home afterward.

#4: Follow instructions

Prior to your extraction appointment, our team provides you with a list of instructions to help you prepare. Depending on your unique needs, we might prescribe antibiotics, ask you to restrict other medications, or stop eating prior to your appointment. If you don’t understand anything about your instructions, call the office so we can clarify.

#5: Prepare for recovery

After an extraction, it’s common to have some discomfort and swelling. You’ll also need to take some extra care to keep the extraction site clean without direct brushing. Again, we’ll give you a list of instructions for aftercare, but in general:

Call the office if you develop a fever, feel nauseous, or have a lot of bleeding from the extraction site.

Custom dental care for optimal oral health

You might not want an extraction, but sometimes, having a tooth pulled is the best way to prevent future problems and maintain optimal oral health. To learn more about extractions at our Oregon City proactive, call Strauss Dental or book an appointment online today.

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