COVID-19 and treatment at Bath Oral surgery Clinic
The arrival of COVID-19/coronavirus in the UK has inevitably brought about changes as regards the management of patients referred to Bath Oral Surgery Clinic. We are very concerned to ensure that both patients and members of the team are safe and protected at all times during treatment sessions at Saltford.
All consultation appointments with Tim Milton will now take place remotely via Zoom with reference to the description of the various surgical procedures and intravenous sedation already provided in the patient information section of the Clinic’s website. Each consultation will include the recording of a full medical history together with a separate COVID-19 assessment.
Surgical appointment times will be arranged such that only one patient will be in the Clinic at any one time. We would ask that on arrival patients and any accompanying escorts remain in their car in the parking area outside the front of the Clinic and notify us by calling 01225 874444/07968 971899.
Patients will then be collected by a member of the Clinic team and escorted to the waiting room; all accompanying persons must remain in the car and not enter the Clinic unless specifically asked to do so.
Whilst the patient is in the waiting room any outstanding preoperative paperwork will be completed together with a further COVID-19 assessment and temperature check.
Surgical treatments such as those carried out at Bath Oral Surgery Clinic are regarded as being aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) and therefore all members of the Clinic team directly involved with the procedure will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE). We will therefore appear quite different during the treatment session compared with the pre-COVID-19 era but do be reassured that the surgical care demonstrated by the Clinic team will not have changed.
After your operation, there is likely to be some bruising, jaw stiffness and discomfort. These are normal consequences of oral surgery procedures. You can minimize problems after your operation by following these instructions.
On the day of your operation
Get plenty of rest in the first few hours after your operation. Reduce your level of activity for the next few days.
Avoid rinsing out your mouth and do not drink hot fluids.
Relieve discomfort by taking painkillers and using ice packs:
We will supply you with ibuprofen and paracetamol and you should take these as directed.
The standard adult dose for ibuprofen is 400mg (2 × 200mg) taken with food. This dose can be repeated every six hours, up to a maximum of 1600mg in 24 hours.
The standard adult dose for paracetamol is 1000mg (2 × 500mg). This dose can be repeated every six hours, up to a maximum of 4000mg in 24 hours.
We advise you to start with ibuprofen and then alternate these medications on a three-hourly basis for the first few days
after your operation for maximum benefit.
Further proprietary information is provided with these medicines.
Hold an ice pack against your face for one minute at the site of your operation, then leave an interval of two minutes and apply it again. Stop when you have applied the ice pack five times. Do this three or four times each day forfive days.
From the following day
Keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing your teeth as usual.
Use salt water mouth rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) every four hours for seven days. This will help to keep the operation site clean and clear of debris.
Avoid smoking. The local action of nicotine in the mouth has been shown to have a detrimental effect on healing after surgery and greatly increases the likelihood of wound infection developing.
Continue to take the painkillers and any other supplied medications as directed and use ice packs for the next two to three days.
If you have been given antibiotics, you should take these as prescribed and complete the course.Do not drink alcohol if you are taking a course of metronidazole.All antibiotics have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of the oral contraceptive pill. If this is relevant, you should use additional methods of contraception until the course is completed.
If bleeding is troublesome, you can usually control it by placing dampened gauze over the wound and applying pressure for 15 to 20 minutes (slight oozing can be expected for a short time following surgery).
If you have any other complications or require advice after treatment, please call 07968 971899 and leave a message including a contact telephone number. We will return your call as soon as we can.
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