Pre-Operative Instructions

Please read the day before surgery

 If general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is to be used, do not eat or
drink for at least 8 hours before your scheduled appointment time.
 If you are going to have general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, a
responsible adult must accompany to the office and drive you home.
We also ask that this person remain at the office during your procedure.
You must not drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after general
anesthesia or intravenous sedation. It is also recommended that a
responsible person be with you at home for the first day.
 If you are going to have local anesthesia only, you may eat prior to your
appointment and will not need anyone to accompany you to our office.
However, if you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian.
 If you take medications regularly you should take them as prescribed
unless you have been instructed otherwise by your doctor or our office.
Also, any additional medications, which may be prescribed to you by our
office, should be taken as directed. All medications should be taken
with small sips of water if you are scheduled for general anesthesia
or intravenous sedation.
 Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that
can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
 Do not wear jewelry such as nose, mouth, tongue or other facial piercings.
 Do not wear lipstick or nail polish on the day of surgery. Please tie long
hair back.
 If you wear contact lenses, please remove them prior to your
 No smoking starting the night before surgery and preferably for at least
one week afterwards.
 Your mouth and teeth should be well cleansed to help avoid infection.
 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.