Pre Surgery Instructions
Depending on your medical/dental condition and your level of anxiety/comfort level, surgery can be done under local anaesthesia, sedation, or general anaesthesia. Sedation and general anaesthesia are given by our specialist anaesthetic doctors (anaesthesiologists). Our anaesthetic specialists are very experienced trained medical professionals. They will focus on monitoring your heart beat, blood pressure, oxygen intake and other important body functions so that our dental specialists can focus on your dental treatment.
Before undergoing oral surgery, you should be aware of the following:
- The effect of the anaesthesia varies from one patient to another, depending on the patient’s medical condition and metabolism
- Expect some discomfort/swelling for the first three days; in most cases, discomfort will start to go away after the third day
- You can go home on the same day except if you are going through general anaesthesia
If the surgery is performed under sedation, things to note are as follows:
- Fasting (no eating and no drinking) 4 hours before the procedure
- Ideally, you should have someone to accompany you to the clinic so that he/she can escort you home after the procedure as you may experience slight dizziness or weakness in your legs
- Do not drive any motor vehicle on the day
If the surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, you may need to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days (depending on the procedure)
At the end of the surgery, our front office staff will provide instructions on medication to be taken (if any) and post-surgery tips (a hardcopy will be passed to you for reference) as well as provide assistance as needed. If a follow up visit is required, our front office staff will arrange an appointment for you based on your availability.
Post Surgery Instructions
Here are some tips to make your recovery from oral surgery a smoother and uneventful one:
- Please make sure you take your pain-killers and medication as instructed by your dentist to ensure a smooth post-surgery recovery.
- You may experience some facial swelling or pain. You may also have some slight blood ooze from the wound during the first few days. If bleeding occurs, apply a clean folded gauze to the wound and bite on it firmly for 5 minutes
- Even though the bleeding has stopped, you will taste a little blood. Do NOT try to spit this out – swallow it instead. This is safe and harmless. Rinsing or spitting during the initial 24 hours after surgery will disturb the wound and cause more bleeding.
- Frequent gauze change or frequent mouth rinsing disrupts the blood clotting process and promotes bleeding. Pressure gauze pack change should be done at 30 minutes intervals, if necessary.
- You may eat soft food on the un-operated side after the anaesthetic wears off. You are advised to go on a soft diet for a few days following your surgery, e.g. liquids (juices, soy milk, milk), porridge, oats, etc.
- Rest quietly at home. Avoid vigorous exercise or stimulants (e.g. caffeine), or very hot food and drinks for the rest of the day to minimize post operative bleeding.
- If you are drinking, please drink directly from the cup – do not use a straw.
- If you are a smoker, try to refrain from smoking for as long as possible, post-surgery.
- One day after surgery, the site of the operation should be cleansed by rinsing the mouth gently with antiseptic mouthwash given to you by your dentist or with warm salt water after meals, and before going to bed
- Bone graft/ sinus lift procedure: For patient who have undergone this procedure, bleeding from the nostril may be expected. Please do not vigorously blow your nose as this will affect the sinus healing and bleeding at the sinus.
- Should a rash or other complication develop after taking the prescribed medication, please stop the medication and
- call the clinic during office hours (Mon-Fri: (9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm),
- call your dentist on his/her emergency number, or
- call the Mount Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department after office hours at (65) 6731-2218 or the Gleneagles Emergency Number at (65) 6470 5700.
- Please make sure you attend all post-surgery appointments that you have been given.
Mount Elizabeth Orchard
3 Mount Elizabeth, #08-03/04/10
Gleneagles Medical Centre
6 Napier Road, #07-17
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Close on Sundays/ Public Holidays
For urgent matters, please contact us directly at the emergency contact number on your dentist's card or the Mount Elizabeth A&E department at (65) 6731-2218 or Gleneagles A&E department at (65)6470-5700.