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
- 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.
- 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.