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As oral surgeons, we routinely perform a variety of surgical procedures such as bone grafting, dental implants, apicoectomies, jaw surgery, soft tissue grafting, and, of course, tooth extractions, including wisdom tooth removal. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts at restoring your mouth and face after a trauma, injury, or other complication.

After oral or maxillofacial surgery, you will likely need some post-surgical pain control that boosts your recovery while diminishing complications like blood clots or pneumonia. Our surgeon will work with you to determine the best pain management for your unique needs. We implement patient specific pain management protocols including the use of a long-acting agent known as EXPAREL® to reduce or eliminate the need for narcotics.

-EXPAREL® is a local anesthetic that produces postsurgical analgesia in patients aged 6 years and older. It is administered via single-dose infiltration. When infiltrated into the surgical site, it produces local analgesia that some studies say may last up to 2 to 3 days, significantly reducing or possibly even eliminating the need for narcotic pain medications.

-Keeping oral pain medications on a schedule is the best way to manage discomfort after your surgery. It’s important to stay on top of the pain rather than wait until it comes back before taking the medication. There are options that provide strong, providing powerful pain relief and that is ideal for pain that ranges from moderate to severe. Other options are great at handling mild to moderate pain by lowering swelling and inflammation.

When you are back home, be sure to take any prescription medication to manage your pain as recommended. If our oral surgeon provided you with a prescription beforehand, it’s a good idea to get it filled so you have it when you come back home from your surgery. If you are taking any medications that cause drowsiness, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home. You should not drive when taking certain medications.

For optimal pain relief, be sure to take your medication before you engage in an activity or before going to sleep. In some cases, you might be taking them at regular times, such as every four to six hours. You can also keep a notepad with your medication schedule so you know when you last took them.

Implementing nonmedicinal pain management might also involve the following:

-Extra pillows for sleep and while you are performing post-surgery coughing and deep breathing exercises
-A comfortable heating pad or cold compress
-Tuning in to guided imagery tapes
-Playing calming music
-Switching up your sleep position
-Gentle massage

If you are anticipating having oral or maxillofacial surgery done, we hope this information helps give you some relief as you prepare. Before you know it, your treatment will be behind you, and you can look forward to the results of your surgery. Rest assured, you will be in good hands with our team!