How to Prepare for a Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are like the appendix. You’re never sure whether they’ll have to be removed until the doctor says, “Um, these are gonna have to go.” Fortunately, unlike appendicitis, wisdom teeth removal isn’t a matter of life and death. 

All the same, getting your wisdom teeth removed can be nerve-wracking. If you’re about to go through wisdom teeth extraction Wheaton IL, here are the things you should do to get ready.

Fast After Midnight

Because you’ll have to go under anesthesia to get your wisdom teeth removed, you need to abstain from food and drink after midnight on the day of the extraction. Your stomach should be empty for the anesthesia to work properly and not harm you. So, wait to eat (pudding, because that’s all you’ll be able to eat) until you’re done!

Bring a Friend with a License

You may think you’ll be able to drive yourself home, but you’ll be in no condition to drive after surgery. So, make sure you have someone with you to hold your hand as you go under and drive you home afterward. It’s nice to have some moral support along, anyway (although they don’t have to hold your hand if you really object.)

Take Some Time to Recover

Chances are, you won’t be able to go back to work the day of your surgery. Most people take between three days and a week to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction. Talking, eating and drinking will hurt for a while after, so you don’t want to put too much strain on yourself. 

These are the things you’ll have to think about before you go to the oral surgeon for your removal. Most importantly, though, is that you don’t worry too much about it. It may hurt somewhat at the time, but once you recover, you’ll feel so much better, so look forward to that as your goal and enjoy your diet of ice cream!