Most people regard the last few weeks of the calendar year as a time for recreation and relaxation. You might be observing certain holidays, spending time with friends and family, or just relaxing at home while you watch your favorite movies. However, you might also take advantage of time off from work or school to undergo that oral surgery you’ve been needing. Don’t worry—your procedure doesn’t have to rob you of your enjoyment. Here are some tips to help you have a great time during your December festivities even while you are recovering from oral surgery.
You should plan on resting for a day or two after your surgery. Especially if you were sedated, you might feel groggy or lethargic for 24 hours or so. That means you should forgo strenuous activities, such as playing active games like charades or going outside for long walks or hikes.
If you normally take care of important duties related to family gatherings, such as cooking or cleaning, don’t push yourself to complete those tasks. Instead, communicate with your family. They should understand that you’ll be limited in what you can do for a few days.
Plan Your Diet
You should stick to a liquid diet for at least a day or two after your procedure. Depending on which type of oral surgery you undergo, you might be able to begin consuming soft foods on the third or fourth day. Listen to your mouth and your body, and don’t consume anything that irritates your surgical site. Some foods that should be safe include:
- Baked yams
- Pumpkin pie (just don’t eat the crust)
Also, keep in mind that you should not drink alcohol while you are taking pain medications. You could use sparkling cider as an alternative to champagne, or you might look online for nonalcoholic cocktail recipes (try to avoid anything really acidic).
Don’t Travel Too Soon
If you plan on taking a flight or long road trip, it should be at least a few days after your oral surgery. Traveling can be stressful enough under normal circumstances at this time of year, but you might find it especially uncomfortable if you are still in your initial recovery period. Spending long hours in a car, plane, or airport without the opportunity to rest or ice your face could increase swelling and discomfort.
Know How to Contact Your Oral Surgeon
Post-operative complications are fairly rare, but just in case, it would be wise to save your oral surgeon’s number in your phone. If you have any concerns or experience unusual pain during your recovery, you should have a fast way to contact them.
Oral surgery doesn’t have to put a damper on your year-end recreation. With a bit of planning, you’ll be able to fully enjoy this special time.
About the Practice
The three oral surgeons in our practice are dedicated to providing top-quality care and support to our patients. If you have questions about an upcoming procedure or about how to make your recovery as easy as possible, they would be happy to talk with you. You are welcome to contact us at 713-783-5560.