Before Surgery & Anesthesia

To help prepare you for your oral surgery procedure, please follow the instructions noted below. This will ensure a safe and pleasant experience for you. If you are going to have local anesthesia only, you may eat prior to your appointment and do not need to be accompanied to the office unless you are under 18. If you have oral sedation, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia a responsible adult must accompany you, remain in the reception area, and take you home.  You must NOT drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after oral sedation, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. It is also recommended that a responsible adult be with the patient at home the first day.

Please Read These Additional Important Pre-Operative Instructions

  • If you chose to have general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, do not have anything to eat or drink, including water, after midnight the night before.
  • If you take medications regularly, you should take them with small sips of water at the regular time.  Also, any additional medications, which might be prescribed to you by our office, should be taken with small sips of water as directed.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that can easily be rolled up above both elbows.
  • Do not wear jewelry, including any nose, mouth, tongue or other facial piercings or makeup, including nail polish or eye cosmetics.  Please tie long hair back.
  • No smoking the morning of surgery and preferably for at least one week afterwards.
  • Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed to help avoid infection.
  • If you wear dentures, please do not use denture adhesive.