How Do You Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

At Hill & Ioppolo Oral & Dental Implant Surgery of Lubbock, we want your wisdom tooth removal experience to go as smoothly as possible. We provide every patient with pre-operative instructions, which outline what you should do before your surgical appointment.

To prepare for your wisdom teeth removal surgery, follow these guidelines as well as specific instructions outlined by your surgeon:

1. Food and Drink

Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for 8 hours before your appointment. If your appointment is in the morning, do not consume food or liquids after midnight the night before surgery.

2. Smoking

No smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, you should cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible before your procedure.

3. Transportation

You must arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the office, remain in the office during your procedure, and drive you home after surgery.

4. Driving

You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours after the anesthesia experience. Plan to rest for the remainder of your day.

5. What to Wear

Wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow and low-heeled shoes. Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery. We ask that you remove contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures at the time of surgery.

6. Medications

Be honest about the over-the-counter or prescription medications you take so that we can avoid unsafe interactions with anesthesia. If you take routine oral medications, your surgeon will advise you on when to take them on the day of surgery.

If your surgeon has prescribed medications, take them as directed.

7. Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol or recreational drugs can have an adverse effect on the anesthesia medications that we use. Please discontinue the use of these substances for at least 24 hours before your procedure.

8. Prep Your Environment

Before you leave for your appointment, get your recovery area ready at home for when you return. Charge your tablet or computer, gather pillows, and make sure you have plenty of options for foods and drinks. A good rule of thumb for food is that if you can smash it with a fork, you can eat it. Stock up before your procedure with items like soups, eggs, mashed potatoes, or meatloaf.

If you have ‌questions before your wisdom teeth removal, contact our office. We want you to feel confident and informed going into your procedure, and our team is here to provide you with support and information when you need it.