Pre-Operative Instructions – Before Oral Surgery

Undergoing Intravenous Sedation

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office prior to your appointment.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • Unless instructed to do so by Dr. Atkins, please take all your regularly scheduled home medications prior to your planned surgery. Dr. Atkins will let you know if he wants you to stop certain medications prior to surgery.
  • Do not smoke at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • Please schedule your calendar so that you do not have any major commitments during the immediate postsurgical period, usually 24 to 72 hours.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for at least 24 hours following surgery. You should not drive while on narcotic pain medications.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes. Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Please remove nail polish/acrylic nails from your index finger prior to surgery. This is necessary for our pulse oximetry to work appropriately.

If you have any questions about your upcoming procedure, please call us at 806-398-7228