Nursing someone after oral surgery: how to not screw it up edition
July 8, 2013 7:31 PM Subscribe
A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but
1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people
2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure
3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt.
So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information.
posted by like_a_friend to Health & Fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
1) Will one day of full-time help be enough? The plan is for me to stay the night after her surgery and into the next day but I have no idea what the recovery time is like for something like this.
2) I have the basics of dental recovery (soft food, saltwater, lots of DVDs) down pat (hooray genetically awful teeth!) but is there anything I should be alert for vis a vis anaesthetic, etc.?
3) Any tips for dealing with someone who is deeply embarrassed about the procedure and very self-conscious about being seen in a gross/bad state?
If I do very well at this I think I can probably convince said relative to come stay with me when I have my wisdom teeth out, so I've got high expectations for myself! ;) Thanks, MeFi!