Oral surgery is an experience that many people find stressful. If you have an upcoming oral surgery and you’re worried about the procedure, you’re not alone! There are many things that you can do to make the experience a little easier. Here’s what we recommend.
Use Relaxation Techniques
Use relaxation techniques to assuage your fears. Some effective techniques include:
- Breathe deeply. Practice deep breathing in the days leading up to the surgery. Practicing this deep breathing before you go in to have the surgery will this habit second nature when the anxiety starts to increase in the hours before the surgery occurs.
- Visualization. Visualize yourself in a relaxing setting, like the beach or a forest. When you’re visualizing yourself in this setting, think about the sights, smells, sounds, and feelings you would feel if you were actually in this place. Feel the muscles in your body relax as this happens.
- Self-massage. Massage parts of your body that are tense, or just massage parts of your body that are easy to reach. Even just massaging your arms, legs, shoulders, and hands can put your body at ease.
Get the Story Straight with the Surgeon
Sometimes people fear oral surgery because they’ve heard stories from people who have exaggerated their experiences with oral surgery. This does you no good, especially because your experience with the oral surgeon is unlikely to be like the experiences of someone else. To find out what you can expect your experience to be like, talk to your oral surgeon.
Your oral surgeon can help you understand what preparations you need to make for your recovery, what you can expect to happen during the surgery, and how long the recovery will take. With all this knowledge, you’ll be ready!
Find an Oral Surgeon Who Gets It
It’s important to work with an oral surgeon who understands patient fears and who knows how to create a comforting and comfortable environment for procedures to take place. To get started with your upcoming oral surgery, talk to a professional from Heritage Oral Surgery & Implant Centers.
Call today to make an appointment and learn how we can make your oral surgery a successful and low-stress experience.