pre-operative instructions regarding your anesthesia

Please PARK in our PATIENT PICK UP PARKING located around the side of the building!

 You will always be given local anesthesia for your surgery, but you may choose any of these listed below as a supplement.  Each choice requires different preparation on your part, and for your safety it is important that you read and follow the instructions carefully.  If you are unclear about anything, please ask your doctor.

ALL SURGERIES

  • All prescriptions given prior to surgery should be taken as directed, including antibiotics or rinses the day of surgery, using only a very small sip of water!
  • For all surgery, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.  Tops/shirts should have sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow. 
  • REMOVE ALL NAIL POLISH, MAKE-UP AND JEWELRY!!  (if being sedated)
  • If you have long hair, please have it pulled back.
  • IF YOU HAVE AN INHALER FOR ANY REASON (asthma, lung problem, etc.) please bring it with you to your appointment.
  • If you wear contact lenses, please wear your glasses.
  • Children in child restraints must be accompanied by two (2) responsible adults.  One in front seat, one in back.
  • If you prefer to listen to your own music during surgery, you may bring your personal music player with small earphones.

 

LOCAL ANESTHESIA

  • Will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and a feeling of pressure during surgery.  You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort.
  • Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery.
  • For more extensive procedures you may wish to have someone drive you home.
  • Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery.

ORAL PREMEDICATION

  • May be a supplement to local anesthesia and is medication taken by mouth to produce relaxation before and during your operation.
  • Take the medication at the time directed before your surgery.
  • You may have a light meal six (6) hours prior to surgery.
  • You must have someone drive you to and from your surgery.  They must remain in the office at all times during your procedure.
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Do not drive, operate power tools, machinery etc., for 24 hours after surgery.

INTRAVENOUS SEDATION

  • Includes medications given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation and, ALTHOUGH YOU WILL NOT ACTUALLY BE UNCONCIOUS, there will be very little recall (if any) of the events surrounding the surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, not even water after midnight the night before.*Unless otherwise directed take your regular medications, (Blood pressure med, etc.) using only a very small sip of water!
  • You must have someone drive you to and from your surgery.  They must remain in the office at all times during your procedure. 
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Do not drive, operate power tools, machinery etc., for 24 hours after surgery.  You must be monitored by a responsible adult for 24 hours after surgery.

DEEP SEDATION / GENERAL ANESTHESIA

  • Includes medications given through a vein in your arm or hand which will result in total loss of consciousness, complete lack of recall of the surgery and usually a longer recovery          time.  General anesthesia has an excellent safety record as an office procedure, but may, if desired, be provided in a hospital setting. The same instructions offered above for intravenous sedation apply for general anesthesia.

  POST OP APPOINTMENTS

For extraction of wisdom teeth we recommend that you stay in the area for at least a week after surgery.  If you are on vacation, out of town or away at college and a post operative problem develops you would need to return to our office in order for us to evaluate and treat you.  If you are unable to return home, you would need to find someone where you are located to treat you.  Most post op appointments are scheduled approximately 2 weeks after surgery.