At The Appointment:
- Please bring any drugs, medicines, tablets or inhalers you use with you.
- We advise you to go to the toilet at the clinic immediately after registering at reception.
- Do not wear any make up, nail polish or any jewellery.
- Do not wear contact lenses.
- Please wear loose clothing and sensible low shoes.
- Patients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians must bring written proof of guardianship to the appointment.
- Bring any payments which will be needed. We only accept cash, debit and credit cards. We do not accept cheques.
When you arrive you will be met by our receptionist who will check any necessary details and arrange for x-rays to be taken if applicable.
After a short while you will be shown through to the surgery where you will meet the surgeon and the anaesthetist. They will usually ask several more questions and inform you fully about the operation, the general anaesthetic or sedation.
You will be asked to sign a form to consent to the operation. If you have any queries or concerns please direct them to any of our staff.
Your general anaesthetic or sedation will be chosen to ensure a safe operation and rapid recovery. It will usually be administered by intravenous injection. Once you are asleep, accompanying relatives will be asked to leave the operating theatre and wait in the relatives waiting room.
You will wake up in the recovery suite and will be looked after by the recovery nurses. Recovery often takes from 30-60 minutes. You can expect to feel drowsy and slightly sore. Some side effects of the drugs which may be experienced include shivering, muscle soreness, nausea or sickness. You may take mild pain killers as normal afterwards, but not aspirin-based products.
For the first 24 hours after:
- Do not drive a car, ride a bike or play sport.
- Do not operate machinery (including a cooker) or do anything requiring skill or judgement.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol.
- Do not take sleeping tablets.
- Do take note of any special instructions given by staff on the day.
- Take care if looking after children. Please try to arrange childcare for this period.
- Your nose and throat may be sore.
- Your neck and shoulders may ache from the anaesthetic.
- Warm salt water mouthwashes should be started 24 hours after extractions.
- Most stitches, if used, are soluble and will last only a few days. Some will need to be removed 1 week after surgery.
- Children should remain home for 24 hours after the operation.