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Pre-Operative Instructions: General

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for 8 hours before the appointment.
  • For morning surgery, no food or liquids after midnight the night before surgery.
  • No smoking at least 24 hours before surgery.
  • Ideally, cut down or stop smoking for up to a week before the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the surgery day.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow and low-heeled shoes.
  • You must remove contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor before your surgical date for instructions.
  • The use of alcohol or recreational drugs such as marijuana/cannabis can adversely interact with the anesthesia medications. Please discontinue the use of such for at least 72 hours before your procedure.
  • If your doctor prescribed you medications, please follow the instructions for their use closely.
  • Women, please note: Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.
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