I am really anxious – what are my options? We are an oral surgery service but we can also offer sedation for people who are anxious about having treatment and who are suitable for treatment under sedation. (We are unable to offer NHS treatment to anxious people who need straightforward extractions – they will need to be referred to the local sedation service or be treated privately).
Can I have private treatment? Yes you can if you wish – please discuss this with the specialist who is assessing you.
Can I bring children to my appointment? This is generally fine for the assessment appointment but not for the treatment appointment – and definitely not if you are due to have sedation during your treatment appointment. At your assessment appointment, you will be given a pack of information which will answer your questions about what will happen at your treatment appointment.
Can I eat before my treatment? It is best if you avoid eating for 2 hours before treatment – but we would encourage you to have a light meal prior to this.
Can I take my usual medication before treatment? Yes – we advise you not to skip taking any medication prior to treatment.
Will it be painful? No, in the majority of cases you won’t experience any pain. We will make sure you are numb and comfortable before we start treating you. Our specialists are highly trained and very used to carrying out oral surgery procedures so you are in really good hands.
What about painkillers afterwards? Please discuss this with the specialist treating you. We can certainly give you a prescription for appropriate pain relief afterwards, although most people are fine to manage any pain by using over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
I am pregnant – will this affect my treatment? You will not be suitable for all kinds of sedation if you are pregnant though you may be able to have some gas and air (laughing gas) if you are very anxious. You may also need an X-ray for assessment if we do not have an up-to-date one. We will talk to you about this but this is extremely low risk for you and your baby.