Pre-Operative Instructions

Instructions Preceding Surgery

  1. 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 surgery. 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.
  2. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing with short sleeves and baggy pants. Avoid flip-flops, boots or shoes with heels.
  3. If you have general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, a responsible adult (18 years or older) must accompany you, remain in the reception area, and take you home. We ask that your escort accompany you to the office so that we can let him/her know when you will be ready to leave the office and give them appropriate instructions.
  4. Do not wear jewelry, including any facial piercings, makeup, including nail polish or eye cosmetics. Please tie long hair back.
  5. If you wear contact lenses, please remove them prior to your appointment.
  6. No smoking the morning of surgery.
  7. Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed to help avoid infection.
  8. Do not ignore a head or chest cold when oral surgery is to be performed. Please call the office if you have any symptoms, as an appointment change may be necessary.

If you are going to have local anesthesia (Novocain®) only, you may eat prior to your appointment and do not need somebody to accompany you to the office.