Dental Care under General Anaesthetic
The dentist has three ways to be able to carry out dental
The Community Specialist Dental Service is able to offer
patients treatment with General Anaesthetic. We can provide
this service at 3 of our local hospitals:
The anaesthetic is administered by a Consultant
If you are placed on a general anaesthetic waiting list you will
receive an appointment in the post asking you to attend one of the
three hospitals. The letter will have information on when and
where the procedure will take place, starving instructions, as well
as who should attend the appointment with the patient.
Transport to and from the hospital is very important to have
arranged prior to the appointment.
On the day of your anaesthetic you will be greeted and looked
after on the ward by the nursing staff. The staff will ask
questions about your health and if you are taking any medication,
then take weight and height measurements. This is information
that is required for the Anaesthetist to help when you go to
sleep. You will also see the Anaesthetist and the Dentist who
will be carrying out the treatment on that day.
After the dental treatment is completed you will go into a
recovery room. When you wake up the nursing staff will look
after you before you go back to the ward. When you are back
on the ward you will rest. When the ward staff are happy that
you are rested and steady on your feet, they will let you go home
with your family or a responsible adult to look after you and take
you home. You must travel home by car or taxi. Before you leave you
will be given instructions on how to look after your mouth.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital