Before Surgery Answers

Common Questions

For patients Undergoing General Anesthesia and I.V. Sedation, it is important that you read and follow the instructions in the Questions and Answers found below carefully. If you are unclear about anything, please ask your doctor.

For all surgery, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Tops/shirts should have sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow. Females should remove nail polish before surgery, and apply as little makeup as possible.


Q I am nervous about my upcoming surgery. Is this normal?

A Dental surgery and treatment can be an intimidating experience. Our doctors are committed to making you feel as comfortable as possible. As surgeons, we provide not only surgical excellence, but also want to educate our patients. With every procedure, we will take the time to personally discuss your surgical options, explain the treatment you will receive and answer all of your questions.


Q What can I expect to feel from local anesthesia?

A Local anesthesia will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and a feeling of pressure during surgery. You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort.


Q What do I need to do prior to my surgery?

A For extensive procedures, you may wish to have someone drive you home. In both instances, plan to rest for a few hours after your surgery is complete.


Q What is Nitrous Oxide?

A Nitrous Oxide is often used to supplement other forms of anesthesia, such as I.V. Sedation. Also known as “laughing gas,” Nitrous Oxide is a light anesthetic gas that creates a sense of euphoria and relaxation. Nitrous Oxide helps to put patients at ease and reduce their anxiety.


Q What is Intravenous Anesthesia?

A Intravenous (IV) Sedation is considered a “twilight sleep,” which enables patients to undergo a surgical procedure in a comfortable and relaxed manner. During IV Sedation, medications are administered through a vein in the patient’s arm or hand. Although you will not actually be unconscious, you will have very little recall (if any) of the events of your surgery.


Q What steps do I need to follow if I am having IV Sedation?

A It’s important that you do not eat or drink anything (including water) past midnight the evening prior to your surgery. However, it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any pre-medication prescription that we have provided using only a small sip of water.


For afternoon appointments, eat a light breakfast eight (8) hours before your appointment and skip lunch. Take any regular medications with only enough water to get the pill down.


Please note: You must have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, remain in the office during your procedure, and drive you home after the procedure has been completed. It also is recommended that a responsible person stay with you for the remainder of the day. Following surgery, you should expect to rest. Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., for 24 hours after surgery.