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Pre-Op Instructions

Are You Ready for a Safe, Comfortable Procedure?

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Whether you are about to receive dental implants, have wisdom teeth that need to be extracted, or require any other kind of oral surgery, there are a few things you’ll need to do to get ready for the appointment. Dr. Moreland will provide you with a series of instructions to follow at home to ensure that the surgery itself is as straightforward as possible. On this page, you’ll find the steps you’ll need to follow as well as instructions for what to do if IV sedation is used; call us if you need additional information.

General Instructions

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  • Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth as thoroughly as possible right before you leave for your appointment; there should not be any bits of food left in your mouth.
  • Bring an adult who can drive you home while you are still under the effects of sedation. This person will need to stay in our office from beginning to end of the surgery, so make all of the necessary arrangements beforehand.
  • Stop eating and drinking at least six hours before the surgery. If the procedure will take place in the morning, you should start fasting at midnight; if it’s in the afternoon, you can have breakfast before avoiding food for the rest of the day.
  • Minors should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their visit.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing with short sleeves. Do not bring jewelry or wear a tie.
  • Make plans to go home and stay in bed for the rest of the day. The main effects of the sedative should wear off about half an hour to 45 minutes after the procedure itself, but you’ll still need time to fully recover.

IV Sedation Prep

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  • You cannot eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the surgery. That normally includes water, although you may take a small sip if you need it to take any necessary medications while waiting for your appointment.
  • IV sedation will not have worn off entirely by the time the procedure is finished, so it’s best to have a family member accompany you to your appointment and drive you home once it’s complete. (We highly recommend relying on an adult you can trust instead of using Uber). It’s also a good idea to arrange for someone to take care of you at home.
  • Sometimes you will be given a pre-op sedative. Normally, you should plan to take it roughly an hour before the surgery so that it takes effect by the time the procedure begins.
  • It’s recommended that you stop smoking or using tobacco products of any kind for at least 12 hours before the surgery. (Two weeks would be ideal.)
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of the surgery.
  • Before the appointed day, call our office to confirm that your medical information is accurate and up to date. We’ll need to know about any medications you currently take in case they might interact with the sedative.