Pre-Surgical Insctructions

FOR IV ANESTHESIA

  1. We require that you have NOTHING to eat or drink (including water) for 6 hours prior to your surgery appointment. However, you may take your medications with a small sip of water. An empty stomach is critical for Anesthesia safety.
  2. A responsible adult must accompany you to the office and plan to stay in the office to receive your home care instructions. They are responsible for driving you to and from the office.
  3. You must not drive a motor vehicle for the rest of the day. Also, you must not drive yourself to the surgery appointment if you have taken a sedative pre-medication (Valium/Halcion).
  4. Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. Short sleeves will help while placing a blood pressure cuff and the IV.
  5. Please remove contact lenses prior to your appointment.
  6. It is important that a responsible adult stay with you for the first few hours after surgery to assist you in eating, taking medications appropriately, and to evaluate any bleeding. They should read the “Home Care Instructions” and help you follow our guidelines until you are capable of taking care of yourself.
  7. Please inform us if you are experiencing a head or chest cold.

NITROUS OXIDE (LAUGHING GAS)

  1. If you are not having IV sedation, you may have a “light meal” prior to your surgery. Please avoid heavy, greasy foods as you may experience nausea while under nitrous oxide.
  2. It is reported that Nitrous Oxide leaves your body rapidly after surgery (approximately 10 minutes). However, we advise you to have someone drive you home after your appointment.

 

Please remember that we are committed to your comfort and safety during your entire visit. Our aim is to take away as much anxiety and apprehension as possible for you. We enjoy hearing from our patients how their experience was easier than they had expected. We hope to do the same for you.