• Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Home Instructions Before Oral Surgery

Please follow these instructions to prepare for oral surgery with any level Sedation except Nitrous.

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight hours prior to the appointment except a small sip of water to take medications is ok.
  • No smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.  DO NOT smoke right before your surgery appointment.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home  and stay with you until recovered from anesthesia.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, shoes with no heels, no flip flops ( can easily trip when sedated).
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, piercing in the nose, lip and tongue must be removed before the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or dark nail polish or excessively long fake nails on the day of surgery.  Dark polish and long nails interfere with monitors and does not allow accurate readings. 
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or upset bowels, please notify the office before your surgery.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. McPhillips at your consultation  prior to your surgical date for instructions.
  • Bring a blanket to surgery to cover up with if you get cold easily.
  • If you have long hair pull back into a ponytail on bun before surgery.