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Can I Drive Myself Home After Dental Implant Surgery?
If you are planning on getting dental implant surgery soon, you will want to make preparations for after the surgery. For many dental procedures, patients will need to coordinate with a loved one to get a ride home. Whether you need a ride home or not will depend on if you are put under IV sedation or not. For procedures where IV sedation is used, you are required to have someone drive you home.
When you need someone to drive you home
Dental implant surgery is very safe. Most patients who undergo dental implant surgery have no complications whatsoever. An IV sedation is normally only used during the procedure if there are multiple implants being placed. As the anesthesia starts to wear off after these more complex surgeries, patients will still have limited motor function and judgment.
Most single implant surgeries are completed with the help of a local anesthetic, not a general anesthetic. This means that the area inside the mouth where the surgery takes place is numbed, and the patient is still fully awake. To give you a point of reference, this is similar to the sensation felt when getting a cavity filled.
Before the anesthesia wears off from any operation, you will want to take your medication. Whether the oral surgeon uses general or local anesthesia, the patient will be in pain when coming out of the anesthesia. Get ahead of any pain or swelling by taking your medication the minute that you notice the anesthesia begin to wear off.
Patient care after you get home
After dental implant surgery, it is recommended that the patient gets rest. Any medication prescribed, such as antibiotics should be taken as soon as you get home. Dental implant surgery requires all patients to take an antibiotic to lower the risk of infection.
Rinse out the mouth with warm salt water to cleanse the oral cavity and help in healing. The stitches from the wound should dissolve over the next 3-5 days, so in the meantime be sure to take extra care of the area and brush gently over your teeth so as not to disturb the area.
No smoking or alcohol is allowed. Those who smoke or drink alcohol following a procedure have a much higher rate of implant failure. In the 3 weeks between surgery and the follow-up appointment, follow all instructions given by your oral surgeon to care for the area.
Many might wonder: how long will it take for me to recover? While all patients are different, recovery time usually depends on a few factors: how many implants were placed, patient oral health and the ability to follow care instructions after surgery.
Immediately following dental implant surgery, the face may become swollen. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process as blood rushes to assist the wound. Bruising may occur on the cheek where the surgery was done. The swelling may make it difficult to eat or swallow - try pressing a cold compress onto the area to reduce inflammation and sensitivity.
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