FAQ

Patient Information

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On your initial visit to our office we will create a file for your records and have you complete a medical questionnaire. Our team will review and address relevant medical issues with you during the course of the assessment. It is helpful to remember the following items:

  • A copy of your referral
  • Any X-rays, models, appliances, or other documents which were given for you to bring (these are often forwarded separately by your referring doctor)
  • Your OHIP card (this number or another form of government identification is needed for certain prescription medications)
  • An updated list or working knowledge of any medications you are taking and of any allergies you may have
  • Your Dental Benefit Insurance Information (this will allow us to submit your claims electronically)

Your first appointment will usually be for consultation only, but occasionally and in some emergency situations will be scheduled to include a same visit surgical procedure. We will begin by asking about the concern that has brought you to see us. We will review your medical questionnaire and ask further questions regarding your medical status, medications, and past medical history which will help guide our management decisions. We will perform an exam of the areas of concern and may order additional tests or diagnostic images. Treatment recommendations, alternative treatment options, and important treatment details will then be discussed. If treatment is recommended, the administrative staff will prepare a surgical fee estimate, insurance information, and help with scheduling your appointment.

In our practice there is no reason that you should ever feel discomfort. If you are anxious or apprehensive regarding
any aspect of the procedure such as local anaesthetic injections, the vibrations or sounds of the drill, the odours of the
office, or just having someone working in your mouth, you are in good company. We have attempted to make our
office a comfortable and relaxing place for you.

Our office has been specially equipped and staffed so that you can have the option of receiving medications that will
make you feel more relaxed, make it so that you will not remember parts or all of an appointment, or are asleep for
some or all of an appointment.

When you are relaxed and unaware of the sights, sounds, and odours of the office, the oral surgeon is better able to
provide you with the highest quality of work in the most efficient manner. Although you may not be particularly
anxious about the surgery, some sedation may make the time go by more quickly and enable you to co-operate fully with
the surgical team. We will tailor this to your individual needs.

Instructions prior to intravenous sedation or anaesthesia

Diet: If you have a morning appointment, have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your appointment. If you have an afternoon appointment you may eat a small, light breakfast consisting of dry toast and juice at least 8 hours prior to your appointment. Nothing should pass your lips for 8 hours prior to your appointment. Medications to be taken before your appointment are an exception and can be taken with water sips.

Clothing: Loose fitting, comfortable clothes are recommended. A short-sleeved shirt is preferred. Patients who use contact lenses should wear glasses or remove their contact lenses prior to their appointment.

Transportation: Be sure to have someone with you to accompany you home after your appointment. This person does not have to wait for you in the office but should be available or arrive when you are ready for discharge.

Activities of daily living: You should plan to rest quietly at home for the remainder of the day. Do not operate an automobile or machinery for 24 hours following your anaesthetic.

Inform your surgeon before anaesthesia if:

  1. You are pregnant or think that you might possibly be pregnant
  2. Are taking any kind of medication for ANYTHING.
  3. You have had a hospitalization, treatment for your heart, or have taken medications such as steroids or high blood pressure medications within the past 2 years.
  4. You or your family has ever had any difficulty with an anaesthetic.
  5. You have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
  6. You are apprehensive about the anaesthetic.

Want to get back to looking, feeling and eating like yourself? Follow these aftercare tips to improve your recovery.

1: Keep Discomfort at Bay
Start alternation of over the counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil (ibuprofen) fi there are no contraindications. Use stronger dosing of anti- inflammatory and pain medications as a second-line measure as instructed. To prevent upset stomach, take
stronger medications with food.

2: Stay Cool
It is common to have swelling following oral surgery. Using icepacks on the face for the remainder of the day 20 minutes on and 20 minutes of will help. Swelling usually peaks 36-48 hours after surgery so continued icing and keeping with cold fluids and foods will help to make you more comfortable.

3: Put a Bandaid On It
Blood mixed with saliva for the first 24 to 48 hours after oral surgery is normal. Place moist gauze directly over the bleeding area and bite down firmly for 30 minutes and repeat if necessary. If it continues to bleed heavily, use a moistened teabag as the gauze. The tannic acid in your breakfast tea contracts blood vessels and helps clotting. Take it easy with activities, keep your head elevated and avoid vigorous spitting and rinsing for the first 24 hours. Avoid drinking fluids with a straw for 3 days. Bruising. may occur on the skin surface and will resolve on its own. Sutures dissolve in 1-3 weeks.

4: Keep Things Clean
It is important to keep your mouth as clean as possible after surgery. Resume normal brushing and start rinsing the next day. Use your prescribed mouth rinse until the site is closed and rinse with glasses of warm water with pinches of salt added every 1 to 2hours to remove debris and help with soreness and swelling. The rinsing may gradually be reduced in frequency over the next 7 post-surgical days. You may start using a rinsing syringe or waterpik on the lowest setting after 3 days.

5: Think Soft
Drink plenty of fluids and eat soft foods such as yogurt, scrambled eggs, custards, pureed foods or smoothies and over-cooked pastas. Avoid hot food and drinks that run the risk of breaking down the blood clots. Continue the softer diet until the soreness allows you to progress to normal chewing foods.

6: Skip the Gym
Go home and relax the day of the surgery and avoid any significant activity. The length of avoidance of activities will depend on the extent of surgery and the medications you are taking. You must not drive a vehicle, operate hazardous machinery or make important decisions. In addition, you must not consume alcohol or other drugs with sedative properties for a minimum of 18 hours (or longer if drowsiness persists).

7: No Smoking Please
Avoid smoking until the wounds are healed. The toxins from smoking will contaminate the wound and constrict the blood vessels. It will take twice as long to heal and make dry socket three times more likely!

Quick Notes

First 24-48 Hours

  • Rest, Ice face and Keep head elevated.
  • Start eating pureed foods and fluids as soon as the bleeding has decreased and you feel that you can swallow Freezing can last longer with icing the face but usually resolves within 24 hours.
  • Start over the counter pain medications once food is tolerated, first 1-2 doses of antibiotic if possible, ad stronger prescribed pain meds if needed.
  • Start gentle rinsing after 24 hours, once bleeding resolves.

48-72 Hours

  • Continued rest, gentle rinsing, and icing face for comfort.
  • Advance to mashed diet.
  • Pain medication frequency is based on discomfort and swelling.

After 72 hours or 3 days

  • Advance to rinsing using the monojet syringe, straws are now ok.
  • Advance to soft diet, no chewing for 01 days or until the wounds are healed.
  • Can now use ice or heat to face for comfort, swelling should start to decrease after day 3but may take several days to resume to normal.
  • Pain medication frequency should decrease over the course of one week.

If problems develop notify our office at 613-591-3684


This was such a great experience from start to finish.

Amanda was so pleasant as she scheduled my wisdom tooth removal appointment and explained the paperwork coming my way via email. Guy was the nurse who made me feel comfortable with his humour, Cheryl the dental assistant making sure everything was set up and running smoothly and Dr. Valiquette was fantastic. She’s is the best in her field in Ottawa. The healing went so well! She takes the time to explain her findings and makes sure you’re feeling comfortable. Thank you to everyone on the team.

STEPHANIE F