Before General Anesthesia

We are happy to discuss any concerns and answer all questions prior to surgery. You will need to give written consent for any procedures performed in the hospital or surgicenter and many that are done in the office such as dental implant placement. It is important that you understand any inherent risks of the surgery including general anesthesia or sedation. The following guidelines are to be followed to minimize risks and complications and prepare you for the surgical procedures done under general anesthesia or sedation.

You should not eat or drink anything after midnight if you have morning surgery and nothing eaten 8 hours prior to surgery if you have afternoon surgery.

Clear liquids may be taken (water, apple juice, black coffee). Do not consume alcohol, orange juice or other citrus or milk products.

It is important that you continue with prescription medications with a small sip of water as follows:

  • Steroids
  • Pulmonary medications
  • Cardiac medications
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Anti-Parkinson’s medications

    You may not take the following medications for two days in advance of any surgery:
  • MAO inhibitors
  • Anti-depressants
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Anti-coagulants

Alcohol or any recreational drugs as well as smoking tobacco may not be used 24 hours before surgery.

If you forget and violate any of the instructions above the surgery may be canceled depending on the increased degree of risk.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to supervise the minor and grant consent. A licensed trusted driver must be present to take the patient home. Minors need responsible adult supervision for the following 12 hours.

You may brush and floss as usual but do not swallow water. Do not wear make up, nail polish, contact lenses or jewelry. Dentures and Partial dentures will not be worn during surgery.

Wear comfortable clothing, flat sole shoes and short sleeve shirts are preferable.

After surgery the effects of the general anesthetics will be present and you will not be fully aware or be able to be responsible for your well-being so a trusted responsible companion is necessary. You will not be able to operate a vehicle or any dangerous equipment or make any legal decisions. You may need assistance walking or climbing stairs. This would also apply for the post operative period while you are taking narcotic based pain medications.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, the surgery or post operative period please discuss this directly with the doctor.