Oral Surgery and Cold and Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Cold and flu season is underway and it’s hitting particularly hard this year. As a result, oral surgery clinics around the country are being faced with the question: “I’ve already scheduled my appointment, but I’m getting sick. Should I still come in?” While the answer depends a bit based on the procedure that you’re having, what illness you’re fighting and other factors, here are some guidelines to keep in mind.

A General Overview

Patients who are becoming ill when they’re facing oral surgery reasonably have concerns about how to move forward. After all, having someone doing work in your mouth or potentially putting you under anesthesia when you’re not feeling well doesn’t sound pleasant. At the same time, you may be hesitant to push off a necessary procedure or one that’s been scheduled for some time if there’s no need. There are a number of different criteria that oral surgeons will use to determine if it’s still smart to go ahead with your survey or whether your condition dictates rescheduling it for another time.

Take a Look at Your Symptoms

A simple head cold may not require that you reschedule your procedure, if you’re up to moving ahead with it. But there are a number of symptoms that can impact whether now is the right time to get surgery:

  • Difficulty breathing freely through your nose
  • A cold that’s moving into your chest
  • Fevers Nausea or vomiting
  • Coughing, especially a productive cough

If you’re having any of these symptoms or have received a positive diagnosis for a contagious condition such as influenza, it’s important that you contact your oral surgeon as soon as possible.

If You Aren’t Sure

In some cases, you may feel that you just don’t have enough information to determine what’s happening with your health or whether that should impact your procedure. In this case, the best solution is the contact your oral surgery office directly. By speaking with the staff, you may be able to quickly clarify whether it’s safe to proceed or not. In other situations, the staff may recommend that you come in for an exam and meet with the surgeon. Upon examination, Dr. Virginia E Lee will be able recommend a course of action that’s right for you.

Are you a patient in Capital Oral and Facial Surgery Center that needs an oral surgery procedure? Contact us today to arrange for a personalized x-ray and consultation and learn more about the oral surgery treatment solutions available for your specific concerns.

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