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I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.

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Preparing For Your Oral Surgery Procedure

by Valerie Stevens

Dental surgery is something that most people will have to undergo at some point. When a person is faced with the prospects of undergoing dental surgery, it can be possible for them to take steps to make their recovery experience as smooth and quick as possible.

Have The Surgery Soon After It Is Recommended

Delaying undergoing the surgery is one of the mistakes that can substantially lengthen your recovery time. When a condition is worsening over time, these delays can both increase the amount of damage that the mouth experiences while also increasing the difficulty and complexity of the corrective surgery. Promptly scheduling to undergo your surgery as soon as the dentist recommends it will allow you to limit these factors so that your condition is not allowed to become unnecessarily severe.

Avoid Dry Mouth During Your Recovery

There are many medications and surgical procedures that may have the temporary side effect of causing the patient to experience dry mouth. For a person that has recently undergone dental surgery, it is usually advisable for them to avoid dry mouth. A person's saliva has a variety of antibacterial properties, which can help to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. When a person has dry mouth, they will lose these protective benefits, and bacteria may start to rapidly multiply. If you are prone to dry mouth, you may want to speak with your dentist about mouthwashes that are designed to stimulate saliva production.

Ask Your Dental Surgeon About Dietary Restrictions

After undergoing dental surgery, it is common for patients to be placed under dietary restrictions, these restrictions are designed to prevent the surgery site from suffering damage. In particular, it is common for patients to be advised to avoid extremely hard or sharp foods. This is due to the risk of these foods irritating the surgery site and potentially delaying the recovery. Before undergoing the procedure, discussing whether any dietary restrictions will be necessary during the recovery can help you with preparing. Before resuming your normal diet and eating habits, you should make sure that your oral surgeon clears you for it. Otherwise, you may inadvertently reverse much of the healing that has been done.

When a person has never been through oral surgery, they may not know what to expect. However, effective decision making may still be possible for patients that make an effort to learn more about the basic preparations they should take before their surgery as well as during their recovery. For more information, talk to a dental surgeon in your area.