Before Anesthesia

Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Intravenous Anesthesia (IV) Sedation is medication administered into the blood system prior to oral surgery. IV Sedation has rapid effects and allows the patient to feel relaxed and at ease during surgery.

 

Prior to IV Sedation

We inform our patients to not eat or drink (including water) for eight hours prior to the appointment. To prevent dehydration, we suggest drinking plenty of water the day prior to sedation and right up to 8 hours before the appointment. Any liquid or solid food can have life-threatening consequences. If the patient has specific dietary concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with our office for more information. If the patient takes routine oral medications, let us know prior to your surgical date for instructions.

The patient may not drink alcohol or smoke at least 12 hours before surgery. We highly recommend our patients cutting down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery. We also advise our patients to brush teeth prior to their appointment. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and lower the chances of getting an infection.

The patient is required to arrange a responsible adult to accompany them to their appointment and remain in the office during the procedure. They are also required to drive the patient home after the surgery to ensure safety. The patient may not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for up to 24 hours following the anesthesia experience. IV Sedation can severely affect balance, coordination, and judgement for a number of hours, depending on the patient.

 

Attire

Oral surgery isn’t a circumstance that you need to look nice for. We inform our patients to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to their appointment. The patient may not wear excessive makeup, lipstick or nail polish on the day of surgery. Make sure sleeves can be rolled past the elbow and wear comfortable shoes with flat soles. The patient must remove all accessories prior to surgery, including hair accessories and jewelry. We also ask our patients to remove eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures.

Although the thought of oral surgery can be nerve-racking for many, our patients will oftentimes find it to be a pleasant experience. Let our team at the Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup know how we can best accommodate you and make you feel as comfortable as possible.