Steps to Prepare for an Oral Surgery Procedure

Do you have an upcoming oral surgery scheduled? If so, you are probably wondering what steps to take to prepare for your procedure and if there is anything you can do at home to improve your post-operative recovery experience. Our best oral surgeon, along with our compassionate team, offers some helpful tips for preparing for oral surgeries.

If you are preparing for an oral procedure for TMJ therapy, craniofacial or jaw surgery, or require surgical sleep apnea treatment, you should be aware of how your dietary habits and lifestyle can affect your procedure and recovery. In addition to nutritional concerns, medications you take may also affect your recovery.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid

Many common beverages should be avoided prior to surgery. Patients should abstain from alcohol for at least two weeks prior to their procedure. Energy drinks such as Red bull or 5-Hour Energy should be avoided for this same amount of time as well. Because dairy products contribute to mucous production and sinus congestion, milk and cheese should not be ingested at least one week before your procedure. Intake of sugary foods and beverages should be limited as well because sugar is a natural food source for oral bacteria. Patients should also drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday—especially during the two weeks prior to oral surgery.

Other beverages and substances to avoid before your procedure:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sodas
  • Chocolate
  • Tobacco products of all kinds (for at least three months before surgery)
  • Aspirin-based or anti-inflammatory drugs

Healthy Habits to Incorporate Before Surgery

Strengthen your immune system by eating a balanced diet with whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to receive adequate rest since sleep is important to rejuvenating the body and its tissues. In addition to eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of water, our oral surgeon urges patients to practice thorough oral hygiene. Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time and flossing should be conducted once a day.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford’s office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115

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Get To Know Dr. Larry M. Wolford, DMD

Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Jaw Surgeon | Larry M. Wolford, DMD
Dr. Larry M. Wolford
The Leading Maxillofacial Revision Surgeon in the World

Dr. Larry M. Wolford, known as a caring and compassionate doctor, surgeon, researcher, lecturer, inventor, is renowned globally as a leading innovator in TMJ (jaw joint) surgery, orthognathic “corrective jaw” surgery, and maxillofacial revision surgery. He has completed many thousands of successful surgeries and is the most recognized, awarded, and referred Maxillofacial surgeon in the World.

Dr. Wolford’s patients travel to Dallas, Tx from all over the world. He has received recognition from his esteemed surgeon colleagues in the form of numerous awards, honors, Who’s Who in the World, and voted one of the leading Maxillofacial Surgeons in the world. Dr. Wolford has tirelessly shared his knowledge, surgical inventions, and expertise with other surgeons having trained hundreds of other surgeons through various fellowships at Baylor and Texas A&M.

Dr. Wolford is the recognized expert in his field as seen on numerous media outlets and by his long list of Google 5 Star reviews. Other oral surgeons, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons regularly refer their most difficult patients to Dr. Wolford because of his superior knowledge, capabilities, and life-changing results.

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Larry M. Wolford, DMD

Baylor University Medical Center, Worth Street Tower 3409 Worth Street, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75246

Experience Matters

Dr. Larry Wolford has over 40 years of complex surgical experience

65% of his practice are patients referred from all over the USA and other countries

Developed many innovative procedures that are the current jaw surgical techniques

Listens to the patient and answers questions with care and compassionate