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IntroductionBefore AnesthesiaAfter Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


These are general instructions. More detailed information is in the "procedures" section. The full instructions will be provided during your consultation in the office.

Preoperative Instructions for Patients Undergoing Intravenous Sedation or General Anesthesia

  1. Get your prescriptions filled and bring the medications to your appointment.
  2. The night before your surgery have a normal dinner at your regular evening mealtime.
  3. Eat no solid food (including full liquids like milk, cream and juices with pulp) for 8 hours before your appointment. This is extremely important for your safety. If you have any solids in the eight hours before the surgery it could lead to a severe life-threatening situation.
  4. No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  5. Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  6. If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  7. Take any nighttime medications that you normally take or that were prescribed for the night before surgery.
  8. You may drink clear liquids (including water, jello, apple juice, soda, clear broth, weak tea, black coffee and Popsicles) up to six hours before your appointment. If clear liquids are taken in the 6-8 hours before your appointment, you must drink 8 ounces (one cup) of water as the last thing, at least six hours before surgery. You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
  9. Take any morning medications that you normally take or that were prescribed for the morning before surgery with a sip of water.
  10. A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and to drive the patient home. Post-operative homecare instructions will be discussed with your "responsible adult" so that they can care for you at home afterwards.
    The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  11. Please wear loose fitting clothing with short sleeves, and low-heeled shoes. Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  12. Please take all prescriptions as directed and take pain medications if you are experiencing pain. Pain medications can cause side effects and nausea and should not be taken if there is no pain.

Women please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.