Pre-surgical Recommendations

The following are tips to help you prepare for your surgical appointment:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves

  • Remove all jewellery

  • Do not wear contacts

  • Patients must go without food and drink including water for 6 hours prior to surgery ONLY if you are planning to have IV Sedation or General Anaesthesia


Unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon take your regular medications prior to surgery; all maintenance medications such as high blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid medications must be taken on schedule; take medicine with a small amount of water.


An escort is mandatory for both wisdom teeth removed under IV Sedation and GA surgery; the person must be escorted to the clinic and the escort must stay at the clinic during the surgery; surgery takes approximately 30-60 minutes and the recovery room stay is rarely longer than 20-30 minutes. Post-operative Recommendations

Post-operative Recommendations

These are general post-operative instructions. If you are having symptoms that are not covered here, please contact any of our Nuffield Clinics immediately.


It is normal for minor bleeding to occur for the first 24 hours following surgery, if slightly heavier bleeding occurs: Bite firmly on a tea bag for at least 45 minutes. DO NOT chew on it. If the bleeding continues, call the office.


You must refrain from smoking for 5-7 days after surgery. Diet


No straws. Cold/soft foods post-op day 1. Warm soft foods post-op day 2-5.


Do not spit or rinse the surgical area on the day of the surgery The day after surgery you may gently rinse with warm salt water 3-4 times per day. You may brush your teeth and your tongue as normal the day after the surgery. Good Oral Hygiene is important in preventing infection and dry socket.

Pain & Swelling

You will be provided pain medication and instructions on use following surgery. It is normal to experience some degree of swelling. Swelling will increase 48-72 hours after surgery and should rapidly go down after this time. If you do experience swelling, you can place ice over your face for 20-30 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours. This should help to reduce pain and swelling. Do not ice after the first 36 hours.