I. Before Your Surgery
Remember to inform our staff if you have any significant medical problems (i.e. diabetes, heart disease) or if you require antibiotic pre-medication before your dental work (patients with artificial heart valves or joint replacement).
In addition, please inform our team if you are taking blood thinners (anticoagulants) such as Coumadin, Plavix, or aspirin, or if you are taking insulin, as it may be necessary to modify your dosages prior to treatment. Many medications that are used to increase bone density such as Fosomax and Boniva may also interfere with healing and our team should be informed if you are taking these medications.
Unless otherwise told, take all routine prescribed medication as normal.
When you visit our office, please bring your referral slip, a list of all medications you are currently taking, and any X-rays you may have been given.
II. Preoperative Instructions for Patients Undergoing Intravenous Anesthesia or Conscious Sedation
Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to your appointment. Unless told otherwise, take any routine medications with a just sip of water.
A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office at the time of the surgery, remain in the office during the procedure, drive the patient home, and stay with them until they are able to take care of themselves.
Patients should wear low-healed or flat shoes and loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves or sleeves that can easily be rolled up past the elbow. Both dentures and jewelry must be removed at the time of surgery.
Patients receiving conscious sedation or IV anesthesia are not allowed to drive, make important decisions, or operate hazardous machinery for the 24 hours following surgery.