Instructions before IV or Oral Sedation


Nothing to eat or drink prior to surgery

It is important that you DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING for a period of 8 hours before your surgery appointment. This includes no food, water, coffee, soda, etc. for the 8 hours.
Children less than 4 years old should not eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to surgery except they may have clear fluids (water) up to 2 hours before surgery.


You should take any daily medications that you regularly take. Take these medications at the time of day you usually do. This includes medicines for high blood pressure, water pills, heart pills, aspirin, Coumadin, and any other daily medications (including inhalers), except for diabetic medications. When taking these medicines, you may take a small sip of water to swallow them. Also be sure to take any medications prescribed by your surgeon.
If you have diabetes, your surgeon will review with you how to manage your oral diabetic medications and/or your insulin.

Someone to assist you

You must arrange for a responsible adult, older than 18 years of age, to accompany you to the office. They must remain in the waiting room while you have surgery and are not to leave the office during this time. They must also stay with you for the rest of the day to watch over you and help take care of you.


Please wear comfortable, casual clothes with short sleeves. If it is cold outside, wear a removable jacket. Short sleeves make the IV placement easier and blood pressure readings more accurate.

Contact Lenses

Do not wear contact lenses to the office, but do bring your glasses so that you can read and sign paperwork if needed.

Fingernail polish

Dark nail polish interferes with the monitor that measures the amount of oxygen in your blood. If you have dark nail polish, please remove it from at least one finger.


You must remove any jewelry in and around the mouth, especially any lip rings or tongue studs.

Bedford Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
2121 Central Drive, Suite 1
Bedford, TX 76021
Phone: 817-200-4873
Fax: (817) 283-8650
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