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How to Mentally Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery
Preparing for surgery can be nerve-wracking for the patient. No matter how good your surgeon is or how many times they’ve performed this procedure, it’s new to you, and of course, you have concerns. And oral surgeries, like dental implant surgery, are no different. In fact, since many people get nervous about dental procedures, some patients may be even more nervous about dental implant surgery than other types of surgeries. However, dental implants are also a great tooth replacement option. If you’ve decided that dental implants are right for you but you’re nervous about the surgery, here are some tips that can help you mentally prepare yourself.
Ask Your Dentist Lots of Questions
The more information you have about your dental implant surgery, the more prepared you’ll feel and the more confident you’ll be in your choice. In general, dental implant procedures are successful with minimal complications, so the chances are good that having more information about it will reassure you.
Your dentist can also answer specific questions that you have regarding your mouth and teeth. You can look up statistics about the success rates of dental implant surgery or the specifics of recovery from dental implant surgery, but your dentist is the one who can tell you the most about your individual treatment plan.
Get Ready for Recovery
You’ll feel more relaxed about your surgery if you know that you’ll be able to rest and recover without a problem afterward. Schedule a few days off work. Stock your fridge and pantry with soft foods that you’ll be able to eat easily. Enlist a friend or family member to drive you to and from the dentist’s office on the day of the surgery and pick up any prescriptions that you might need after the fact.
Making concrete preparations for the day of the surgery and the time immediately following the surgery can help you feel more mentally prepared as well. You’ll know that you’re ready and that you won’t have to worry about anything except taking care of yourself.
Treat Yourself the Day Before
Since you will probably need to limit your diet to soft foods for a little while following your surgery, treat yourself to a favorite meal the day before your procedure. Check with your dentist first, though—you may need to fast for a certain amount of time before the surgery, so it’s important to get your timing right.
If you’re still feeling nervous, go out with friends, go see a movie, or do something else that’s fun and will keep your mind occupied the day before your surgery. Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. Remind yourself that your dental implant procedure is another way that you’re taking good care of yourself.
Dental implant surgery may seem scary, but it will be worthwhile when you see your new and improved smile. If you’re in need of tooth replacement and you think that dental implant surgery might be right for you.