Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

If you are going to have general anesthesia or IV sedation for tooth extractions or other procedures, it is very important to follow these instructions exactly.  Failure to comply with the requirements may result in not proceeding with the planned anesthetic.

  • Do not have anything to eat or drink (including water) after midnight the night before the procedure unless, otherwise, specified by the doctor.  Please discuss with your physician or surgeon which of your daily medications you should take the day of surgery, as most medications should be taken with a small sip of water.  If you currently take a blood pressure medication in the morning, please take it at least 2 hours prior to your surgery with a small sip of water.
  • You must have someone bring you to the appointment, and you must have an adult (no one under the age of 18) drive you home.  This individual must stay in the office during your procedure and cannot leave the office for any reason.  You must have someone observe you for 24 hours after the procedure in case of an emergency.
  • No jewelry of any type may be worn during the procedure.  This includes earrings, necklaces, oral and facial piercings, watches and rings.
  • No contact lenses, makeup, acrylic fingernails or nail polish is to be worn the day of the procedure.  Also, please refrain from wearing any cologne, perfume or body sprays.
  • Please wear a short sleeved shirt under all layers of clothes worn.  A short sleeved shirt will allow us to place our required monitors without interference.
  • No flip flops or sandals to be worn on the day of the surgery.
  • If you take any medications that are used for an emergent situation such as inhalers or nitroglycerin tablets, please bring these with you on the day of your appointment.  If you are a diabetic patient, please bring your glucometer and insulin kit with you to your appointment.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or upset bowels, please notify the office prior to surgery.  
  • No driving for at least 18 hours following surgery.

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