Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Home Instructions Before Oral Surgery

Please follow these instructions to prepare for oral surgery with IV sedation:

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six hours prior to the appointment.
  • Do not smoke for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to 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.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following sedation.
  • Please wear flat shoes and loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed 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, stomachache, or upset bowels, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, do not stop taking them unless instructed by Dr. Gulati.
  • If you take a blood thinner like Coumadin (Warfarin), Pradaxa, or Xeralto, please discuss the use of these medications with Dr. Gulati and he will advise you on whether to reduce the dosage or stop the medication prior to surgery. If you regularly take baby aspirin, it is fine to continue doing so.