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Does Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Hurt?


Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryYour dentist will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) if they find a complication beyond what they can handle at their office. While preparing for the surgery, it is expected to be anxious about the procedure as some are extensive with some level of discomfort. However, take comfort as your OMS will sedate you for most of these procedures to ease pain. Read on to find out whether oral and maxillofacial surgery hurts.

During the Surgery


Your OMS will administer general anesthesia for specific procedures to ensure comfort during the surgery. Under anesthesia, you will be unconscious throughout the treatment process, including the most advanced surgeries. To keep your vitals safe, especially if you are a high-risk patient, the team will closely monitor you and perform the procedure in a hospital setting.

After the Surgery


The anesthesia effect will wear off a few hours post-surgery, after which you will experience some discomfort. This discomfort will last for three to five days, but your health professional will recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage this discomfort. If your surgery is complex, they will recommend more potent medications.

Other Alternatives to Pain Management Post-Surgery


After surgery, your OMS will recommend more measures to ensure comfort throughout your recovery. These include using a warm compress, propping your head when sleeping, maximizing rest, and using an ice pack on your cheek area. Your recovery time and discomfort will vary with the procedure, but if you experience bleeding, nausea, fever, or pain worsening by the day, contact our offices for assistance.

Pain During and After Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Can Be Managed


During oral and maxillofacial surgery, you will be under anesthesia. Hence, there will be no pain. Afterward, your healthcare professional will recommend painkillers to relieve discomfort. There is no need to worry because the pain can be managed. However, if the pain increases over time, contact our team immediately and let us address the issue.

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