Being prepared for your surgery is one of the best ways to ensure your entire experience is a positive one.
General Pre-Surgical Instructions
Unless you receive different instructions from your oral surgeon, keep the following in mind:
- If you are scheduled for IV anesthesia (going to sleep), keep the following in mind. Nothing by mouth (including water) for six hours prior to your appointment. If you take medications, you should take them with a small sip of water no later than three hours prior to your appointment.
- If you are not having IV anesthesia, a light meal before surgery is acceptable.
- A responsible adult must accompany you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive you home.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow.
- Remove contact lenses, dental prosthetics (dentures), and jewelry.
- 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, or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
Be sure to talk to your oral surgeon if you currently take medications that contain aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve (naproxen), ibuprofen, or Tylenol (acetaminophen); or anticoagulants such as Coumadin, Plavix, Lovenox, and Heparin.