No one looks forward to surgery. If the procedure you need is in your mouth, you might be worried about downtime and discomfort afterward. We know that the uncertainty that can come with eating, drinking, sleeping, and more after oral surgery can feel daunting.

At A&N DentalMandana Kheshtchin, DDS, and our team are committed to helping you feel completely comfortable both during and after your oral surgery. Whether you’re getting a root canal, dental implant, or tooth extraction, we talk you through the process so you know exactly what to expect. Additionally, we’ve rounded up these top five tips to help you recover afterward.

1. Ice the area

Applying an ice pack to the side of your face delivers two important benefits: pain relief and swelling reduction. Usually, we recommend icing the area for 15 minutes, then resting for 15 minutes. You can repeat this process as frequently as is needed to bring yourself relief.

2. Mind what you eat and drink

To minimize discomfort after oral surgery, choose soft, easy-to-eat foods. Some of our favorite post-op food choices include:

  • Smoothies
  • Blended soups
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Fish

Also, steer clear of straws. The suction created when you use them can disturb the surgery site, slowing your healing.

3. Use the right type of medication

You probably already have a medication that can reduce pain and swelling at your house. For relief, you can turn to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like aspirin or ibuprofen. Our team talks with you about the medication that will be most effective for you after your procedure and how to use it safely.

4. Take it easy

Rest is key in the days following your oral surgery. If you can, plan to spend a few days relaxing at home. This is a perfect opportunity to binge your favorite streaming shows or jump into a new book. As you’re relaxing and when you go to bed, prop your head up with extra pillows.

5. Stay in touch with us

Dr. Kheshtchin or a member of our A&N Dental team lets you know what to expect after your oral surgery. If something unexpected happens during your healing process, get in touch with us right away. We’re available to answer any questions, help you avoid complications, and ensure you have the guidance you need to heal as quickly and comfortably as possible.

If you’d like to learn more about our expertise in oral surgery — and helping patients recover from it — contact our team at A&N Dental. Call our office in Tempe, Arizona, or book your appointment online today.