Before Anesthesia

Before Local Anesthetic

For patients having local anesthesia ONLY, specifically topically-applied and locally-injected anesthetic, we recommend that you eat and drink in the hours before your appointment time. Please continue taking regular scheduled medications on time, unless you have been advised by your medical doctor in coordination with your oral surgeon to discontinue a medication(s).

Before Nitrous Oxide

For patients preparing for nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” follow the same directions for local anesthetic above.

Preparing for IV Sedation

Please read these instructions carefully, and ask the office if you have any questions.

  • Do not eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • Be accompanied by a responsible adult to drive you home from the procedure.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Remove contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or upset bowels, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with the doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.
  • Provide our office with a list of doctors you see and medications you take.
  • Inform us if you have had an adverse effect under sedation in the past or use/abuse narcotics of any kind. Please let us know if you are being treated by a pain management specialist.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.

Please contact our treatment coordinator if you have questions.