If you’ve ever had dental surgery, you’ve probably heard your Chicago dentist tell you not to smoke for at least eight weeks prior to your appointment. Many people disregard these warning despite what the dentist says, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s why you want to heed the instructions of your dentist before any surgery.
Smoking has a profound effect on your body’s respiratory system. This can be further exasperated during a surgery. This means that a smoker could require a larger level of anesthesia during a surgery than a non-smoker would. The anesthesiologist’s job is then harder as they work to ensure your respiratory system works properly while you are sleeping.
Increased Chance of Complications
When you smoke, you have a higher likelihood of suffering from pneumonia, infections or a heart attack. That’s because your lungs and heart are already in a poor state from the effects of smoking. Through surgery, you put yourself at a higher risk than if these organs were able to operate at optimum levels.
It’s imperative to your health that you quit smoking prior to surgery. This well-advised precaution from your dentist isn’t a command you should neglect. To have a more effective outcome and remain safe, smoking needs to cease immediately.
We know that quitting isn’t easy, so here are a few tips that might help you out:
• Find a reason to quit (this could just be your dental surgery)
• Get help with over the counter remedies or a prescription from your doctor
• Lean on your loved ones or find a support group
• Treat yourself to stress-relieving activities like massage or yoga
• Eat a healthy diet
• Reward even the smallest accomplishments with a gift for yourself
Quitting smoking benefits your health as well as your oral well-being. You won’t have to worry about stained teeth or bad breath in the future and you’ll also save a good chunk of change. Do yourself a favor and head into your next dental surgery with a better chance of success. Your body and mouth will thank you.
Have questions for your Chicago dentist? Call Bright Dental of Logan Square today at (773) 276-9280.