It’s the middle of the afternoon and you just had major oral surgery. You didn’t plan ahead and drove yourself. Maybe your dentist or one of his or her assistance had advised you that it would be best to have somebody drive you to and from the appointment, but you didn’t pay attention to this. Now you are sitting in the middle of the waiting room too groggy to even contemplate getting behind the wheel.
This scenario is actually far more common than you might think. That’s because people have a tendency to believe that oral surgery is not the same as having surgery elsewhere on your body. While there are certainly differences, essentially any time that you have surgery, it is going to affect your body in a significant way.
Depending on the medications and anesthesia that is used, which will also depend on the type of oral surgery that you have, it can cause you to be incapacitated for a period of time. It would also make it dangerous for you to even attempt to drive or walk yourself home.
So you sit in the waiting room trying to call family and friends to get a ride. However, everyone is working and you are stuck there.
The last thing you want is to have you spend any amount of time in the waiting area after major oral surgery. You should be home, in the comfort of your bed or on a couch, relaxing during your recovery period.
That is why it is so important to plan ahead whenever you are expecting to have oral surgery. Make sure that you have at least one person who can drive you to and from your appointment. If you can’t find somebody who will be able to wait around for you while you are in your appointment, try to find one person to drop you off and another to pick you up.
While there can be complications from time to time, for the most part your dentist should be able to provide you an accurate estimate on how long it will take for you to have this surgical procedure completed. Then you can have a different person pick you up and bring you home.
Being safe is an important aspect about any surgical procedure, even if it is “just oral surgery.”