Pre Op Sedation

Oral Sedation Patients:

Conscious sedation techniques such as oral sedation are often used for dental appointments such as those necessary for some periodontal procedures. They also help to help to relax those individuals who may be apprehensive. The medications used for your sedation will not put you to sleep, but will make you relaxed and give you a feeling of well-being. Your cooperation in following a few simple instructions is vital to your safety and comfort.

  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • You must arrive at least one hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • DO NOT drink or eat solid food at least 6 to 8 hours before your appointment (IV Sedation patients only).
  • Your stomach should be empty by the time of your appointment. You should only take a small amount of water, if necessary.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • You will need to take the rest of the day off. The effects of the sedation medication may last all day. You should be recovered from sedation by tomorrow.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes, including an open neck, short sleeves and low healed shoes.
  • 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.
  • DO NOT DRIVE. You must have a responsible adult arrive with you in the office, remain in the office, during the entire surgical procedure, drive you home, and stay with you for the remainder of the day. The adult will even be required to escort you to the restroom while you are recovering. WE CANNOT PERFORM THE SEDATION UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ESCORT PRESENT.
  • Do not drive a car or operate any potentially hazardous equipment such as a stove, lawnmower, or knife for the reminder of the day.
  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hour before and after your appointment.
  • You should not be responsible for small children after your appointment.
  • Defer any responsibilities or complicated tasks, or any decisions requiring fine judgment, for the remainder of the day.
  • Discuss any questions you have with Dr Wang or Dr Vest BEFORE sedation and BEFORE you leave the office.
  • Do not eat if you feel nauseated. If you want to eat, stay on liquids or soft foods.