If you are receiving a general anesthesia as part of your dental procedure, there are several specific things that you must do before your treatment. These include:
- Fasting – fasting must begin at midnight the night before surgery if you have a morning appointment. If you have an afternoon appointment, do not eat for 8 hours before your scheduled surgery.
- Drink only clear fluids (for example: water, apple juice, black coffee, and sports drinks). Do not consume alcohol, orange juice, milk, creamer, and other opaque drinks.
- Do NOT drink any fluids within 6 hours of your surgery.
- You may continue taking the following medications with a small sip of water prior to surgery:
- Cardiac medications
- Pulmonary medications
- Anti-seizure medications
- Anti-Parkinson’s medications
- Do NOT take any of the following medications for at least two days prior to surgery, as they may cause complications during your treatment:
- MAO inhibitors
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products within 24 hours of your surgery. Refrain from using them for 24 hours after your surgery.
On the day of your surgery:
- Brush your teeth as usual, but do not swallow any water or toothpaste.
- Do not wear your contact lenses to your appointment. Jewelry and dentures should also be removed prior to surgery.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Shirts that have a ¾ sleeve or shorter are ideal.
If you are a minor, you must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of your surgery.
All patients are required to have a licensed driver take them home after their appointment. We recommend that you be accompanied by someone for at least 12 hours after your surgery.
Following treatment, you will not be fully aware, and should not drive or operate hazardous devices. You should not return to work or school, and should seek assistance when climbing stairs or attempting other difficult tasks.
If you notice any change in health the morning of your appointment contact Wasatch Gentle Dental immediately. A cold or fever with chest or sinus congestion can dangerously affect your surgery. If necessary, we will reschedule your appointment with Dr. Andrew Smith at our office in Murray, Utah.
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