Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

This only applies to patients who are scheduled to be sedated for the surgery.

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes water, gum, candy, breath mints, smokeless tobacco, etc. If surgery is in the afternoon, then the patient should have nothing to eat or drink for at least 8 hours prior to the surgery. If these instructions are not followed, your surgery will be canceled. If you fail to tell us that you have not followed these instructions, you are putting your life at risk!
  • A responsible adult must accompany patient and remain in the waiting room for the entire time of procedure. If you are a patient under the age of 18,  you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This person must be able to drive since the patient will be unable to drive for at least 24 hours after the anesthesia or sedation. Patient must have an adult stay with them at all times for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your surgery time. Some procedures may warrant you arriving up to one hour early.
  • Patient will need to refrain from an work, travel, or physical activity for at least a 24-hour period following surgery. Many surgeries will require a longer recovery period than 24 hours.
  • If you are taking a GLP-1 Agonist drug(such as semaglutide) for diabetes or weight loss(usually a once per week shot), the ideal situation is to stop the drug for 2 weeks prior to surgery. If this is not possible, only consume a full liquid diet the day before surgery. If surgery is in the morning, nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery. If surgery is in the afternoon, nothing to eat or drink 12 hours prior to surgery. Drug name examples include: Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, etc.  
  • Medications that are normally taken should be taken with a sip of water unless otherwise instructed by the doctor, preferably at least 2 hours before surgery time. It is very important that certain heart and blood pressure medications be taken before surgery. Not taking these types of medications can sometimes increase your risk for surgical complications and can result in your surgery needing to be postponed.
  • Loose clothes should be worn, short-sleeved shirts are preferable. Flat, comfortable shoes should be worn. 
  • No contacts or makeup should be worn. Jewelry is absolutely not allowed to be worn the day of surgery. 
  • IV sedation may need to be postponed if you have a severe head cold, significant sinus infection with drainage, or high fever. If you feel really “sick,” sometimes you will not heal as well after surgery. Please call our office to discuss any illness you may develop close to your surgery.
  • While taking antibiotics, birth control pills may become ineffective. Extra precautions should be taken while you are on antibiotics.
  • We ask you to please leave all personal belongings, including cell phones, in the waiting area during your surgery. Cell phones are not allowed in the Operating Room as this disrupts the discharge process and can compromise patient care. 
  • DENTAL IMPLANTS PATIENTS ONLY: Was your face the night before and the morning of surgery using Hibiclens antibacterial soap. Clean around behind your ears and down your neck. You will also shampoo your hair with Hibiclens the morning of surgery. Do not get the soap in your eyes.