In December 2016 I attended the St Anne's House Dental Surgery because my rear most lower teeth had broken near the gum. An x-ray showed that there was a low level infection underneath, and as the tooth was beyond reasonable repair it needed to be extracted.
The tooth roots were 'hooked' and some of the flesh and bone would need to be removed due to the infection, so I opted to be sedated as it would clearly be a somewhat troublesome extraction. I met with Dr Ash for a pre-procedure briefing in December and he thoroughly explained the process – conscious sedation using an IV feed of sedative.
As the drug is an amnesiac it was explained that I should be accompanied, and must not drive or sign business documents ect for 24 hours. He also explained that it would cause some swelling and give a little pain for a few days. On 3 January 2017 I attended the surgery with my wife, and Dr Ash explained the procedure again with my wife in attendance.
I felt in safe hands, and my pulse rate was measured at 62 so I can't have been that nervous! Once the IV feed was inserted and the sedative pumped in I had a pleasantly 'floating' feeling, then drifted off. I remember virtually nothing about the procedure and as far as I know it was painless.
On completion my wife was brought in as I was returned to a 'fully awake' state, and then Dr Ash followed us to the car as I was a bit wobbly. On the first night I took some paracetamol etc as instructed, and slept well with just a little discomfort. Dr Ash kindly telephoned and spoke to my wife to ensure that all was well. Over the next couple of days the area did swell quite a lot as expected, but with little pain and I didn't need to take any painkillers etc.
I followed the instructions of salt mouthwash and eating soft food for a few days, and the swelling subsided. After two weeks I went back to Dr Ash for a review, and it was healing nicely. Throughout the whole process I felt in very professional care, and everything that happened was just as explained to me in advance.
Dr Ash has a very pleasant manner, and portrays a very caring and competent attitude. If you need to have a similar procedure I don't think that you could be in better hands.