Before Anesthesia

Important general instructions to follow before receiving oral sedation, IV sedation or general anesthesia can be found below. Failure to do so may result in the delay or cancellation of your surgery as anesthesia cannot be given otherwise.

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for eight hours before your appointment. We encourage you to eat a light meal eight to ten hours before surgery, avoiding alcoholic beverages.
  • No smoking for 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible before the day of surgery.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • On the day of surgery wear a short sleeve, open neck shirt or blouse.
  • Do not wear Contact lenses.
  • Do not wear jewelry, tongue or lip piercings.
  • Do not wear lipstick, finger nail polish or excessive makeup on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness on the day of surgery (i.e. cold, sore throat, upset stomach or bowel) please notify Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery prior to the day of surgery for instructions.
  • In some cases your doctor will ask you to take medications prior to surgery (i.e. antibiotics, steroids, routine AM medications or pain relievers). Please refer to your prescription and follow as directed. If you are on medications for high blood pressure or heart disease, continue to take your normal dosage with a small sip of water.
  • If you have asthma, bring your inhaler with you on the day of surgery.

Important note: The pain medication you are prescribed may contain Tylenol (acetaminophen, APAP) as well as a narcotic. Do not take other medications containing Tylenol at this time as this could cause liver damage.