Instructions preceding anesthesia
At Sedaros Oral Surgery, we want you to feel prepared and fully informed prior to your oral surgery procedure. We will do our best to make sure your visit is pain-free and comfortable. If you’re planning to use IV anesthesia, here are some things to note before the procedure begins:
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. For that reason, we try to schedule procedures requiring anesthesia for morning hours.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery. The earlier you stop smoking, the better your circulation and healing post-surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home. Patients may not drive themselves home after IV sedation. Don’t plan on driving for 24 hours as the anesthesia take a while to work out of the system.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow. Choose shoes that are easy to walk in.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures will be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery. Your anesthesiologist needs to monitor the color of your lips, skin, and nailbeds for oxygen saturation.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office. Some surgeries may need to be rescheduled.
- If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Sedaros prior to your surgical date for instructions.
And then simply relax! We’ll care for you during the procedure and you’ll be released home with a full set of instructions on what to do next.