Oral Surgery Specialist

Valle Smiles

Dentistry located in Fairfield, CA

Oral surgery is the best option for a number of conditions, whether your reason for treatment is functional or cosmetic. At Valle Smiles in Fairfield, California, the highly experienced specialists perform all types of oral surgery, including wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting, crown lengthening, facial damage repair, jaw surgery, and more. The skilled team blends artistry and precision to help you get the ideal result from your oral surgery. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What kind of anesthesia will I have during oral surgery?

The Valle Smiles team discusses all of your anesthesia options ahead of your surgery. The most common options are nitrous oxide, which you breathe in, and lidocaine injections in the treatment area. 

If you're having a complex oral surgery procedure or if you suffer from serious dental anxiety, the Valle Smiles team may also recommend either oral sedation (typically through pills) or intravenous sedation. A member of the Valle Smiles team monitors your vital signs continuously during and immediately after your surgery.

How do I prepare for my oral surgery?

Valle Smiles gives you a list of preparation guidelines ahead of your surgery. The specifics can vary according to the exact procedure and whether you have sedation. Preparation rules for all oral surgeries with sedation include:

  • No smoking for a minimum of 12 hours before surgery
  • Fast for eight hours before your scheduled surgery
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Remove contact lenses and dentures before surgery
  • Don't wear any jewelry
  • Don't wear lipstick, heavy makeup, or nail polish
  • Arrange a driver to take you home

The Valle Smiles team gives you specific instructions regarding your current medications during your pre-surgery appointment. Your specialist may prescribe antibiotics before surgery, as well. 

How long does oral surgery last?

Oral surgery time depends on treatment complexity. Some surgery — a fairly straightforward extraction, for example — could take just half-an-hour or less, while dental implant surgery or other multiple-part procedures could take longer. 

When can I go home after oral surgery?

If you have sedation, you remain in the Valle Smiles recovery room for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once you're alert, your driver can take you home. It's best to avoid driving for 24 hours after your surgery. 

How long does oral surgery recovery take?

It varies by procedure and whether you have sedation. In general, most patients return to work and regular routines ranging from a few hours to a couple of days. Resume your regular oral care routine after 24 hours, adding any specific treatments that your Valle Smiles specialist recommends. 

Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) recovery is different because it's usually done in a hospital setting. This type of surgery is far more complex and may require a hospital stay of at least one night. 

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