Before Intravenous Anesthesia/Sedation

Fortunately, with our doctors you have a choice of how you would like to have your office procedure performed. If your overall health is good there is the option to go to sleep during your planned procedure, or to have different levels of sedation (“twilight sleep”). Alternatively, also in most cases, we can numb the area well with local anesthesia and offer you a large selection of music to distract you, as well as nitrous oxide (“sweet air”), if you like.

If you are planning to have a general anesthetic or intravenous sedation:

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • No smoking 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 the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses (non- extended wear), jewelry (including any oral piercings), and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or dark nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you have any special medical problems that may affect your visit with us, please let us know.