Many oral surgical procedures require the use of general anesthesia. This marvel of modern medicine makes surgery easy for both patient and doctor because it renders the patient unconscious and numb to pain, and the doctor is able to do their job.

Anesthesia does carry some risks for certain people. If instructions provided by the doctor are not followed, you may experience potentially fatal complications.

Here is what you need to do to prepare before you go under.

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight hours prior to the appointment.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • An adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed 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 bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Sedaros prior to your surgical date for instructions.

If you have any other questions about how to prepare for your oral surgery, please contact Dr. Sedaros today.