Before Anesthesia

Local and General Anesthesia Patients

  • Patients under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • Patients who are unable to legally sign for themselves must be accompanied by their power of attorney
  • If you do not speak fluent English, please be sure to have a translator with you
  • Local Anesthesia - if you take medications please take them at the time you normally would
  • Local Anesthesia - if you are required to take Pre-Med antibiotics, please take one hour before surgery
  • Do not smoke the day of surgery
  • Please bring with you to your appointment: (NEW Patients Only)
    • Any x-rays your dentist may have given you.
    • The referral slip your dentist gave you.
    • The completed forms in this information packet.
    • Your insurance cards.

General Anesthesia or Intravenous Sedation Patients

The guidelines regarding when to stop eating or drinking are extremely important. We will be unable to provide you with a general anesthetic unless your stomach is empty of food and liquids. A patient with a full stomach may vomit while asleep and the stomach contents may go into the lungs. This could be a life-threatening situation. We intend to provide you with a safe anesthetic and depend on you to help us do that by carefully following these guidelines.

  • Morning Patients
    • Absolutely Nothing to eat (including gum, candy, life savers, cough drops, etc.) or drink (including water) after midnight the night before your appointment.
  • Patients Scheduled at 12:00 or Later
    • No solid food (including gum, candy, life savers, cough drops, etc.) after midnight prior to your scheduled appointment.
    • You may continue to have water only up to three (3) hours before surgery.
  • If you take morning medications for blood pressure, heart or seizure please take them with just a sip of water at least 2 hours before your morning surgery. Do not take any diabetic medications (insulin or oral) the morning of surgery.
  • If you are required to take Pre-Med antibiotics, it will be given to you through your IV and you do not need to take it
  • Wear comfortable clothing with loose or short sleeves.
  • If you use an inhaler for asthma please bring it with you.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least four hours after anesthesia.

Be Prepared After Surgery

  • You will want to apply ice to the surgical site. We will provide gel packs at surgery.
  • Cool clear liquids are good when you first return home.