• you will get an appointment letter from the hospital
  • your appointment letter will tell you what day and what time to go to the hospital
  • it is important that you do not eat or drink anything on the day
  • please wear loose clothing and remove nail varnish

Arrival and waiting

  • go to the Reception with your letter
  • you may have to wait for a while until the nurse is ready for you
  • you can bring things to do while you wait
  • you need to keep your things safe. There is nowhere to lock them up


  • the nurse will ask you some questions
  • the nurse will tell you what is going to happen
  • you can ask questions
  • the nurse will weigh you
  • the nurse will check your blood pressure. This tells the dentist you are well
  • the nurse will ask you to go to the toilet
  • the anaesthetist and dentist will say hello and check everything is
  • sometimes we will give you a nose spray to help you relax
  • then you will go into the dental surgery, and sit on the dental chair 
  • a clip is put onto your finger. This is connected to a machine. This will let the Dentist know your heart and breathing are OK


  • we will hold your hand like this
  • a very thin plastic tube is stuck on your hand with a plaster so it cannot fall out. This is called a cannula 
  • you won't go to sleep but it will make you feel very relaxed
  • you are now ready for your dental treatment


  • one of the team will take the plastic tube off your hand and cover the area with another plaster
  • when the Dentist has finished the work on your teeth, you will wait for about 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • you will then be able to go home
  • it is very important that you have someone with you for at least 24 hours to check that you are OK
  • they can be a support worker, friend or family member
  • it is important to spend the rest of the day quietly

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