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Adult Preop/Postop Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT PATIENTS PRIOR TO ANESTHESIA

The instructions herein must be strictly adhered to before commencing with anesthesia.  Neglecting any of the following may compel the doctor to cancel the start of treatment.

Eating and Drinking 
Patients for morning treatment shall have no food or liquid after midnight. Those for afternoon treatment may have non-fat solids six (6) hours before your scheduled appointment, and clear liquids up to two (2) hours preoperatively.

 Medications
All medications should normally be taken at the regular time, including the morning of the procedure unless otherwise agreed upon by this office, and may be taken only with a sip of water before arriving.

Clothing and Makeup
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (no tight jeans) with short sleeves to the appointment. Bring a change of clothing with you. Please minimize jewelry and accessories, and avoid fingernail polish.

Change in Health
Any change in health, especially the development of a cold or fever, is very important.  For your safety, you may be reappointed for another day.  If possible, inform the office of any change in health prior to your appointment.

Arriving
You must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult for the anesthetic appointment that can remain in the office during the procedure. Attend to bowel and urinary needs prior to the appointment. Plan to arrive a few minutes early so the doctor can review the medical history. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT PATIENTS FOLLOWING ANESTHESIA

Getting Home
You may be drowsy or dizzy for a time after discharge from the office. This is common as the drugs are wearing off. In no circumstance will the patient be allowed to leave the office unescorted. It is our best recommendation for any patient to have a responsible adult stay with them until they are fully recovered. Adult patients should refrain from operating machinery, making decisions or purchases, or signing any contracts during the recovery period due to the effects on of anesthesia on judgment and memory until fully recovered.

Pain
Depending upon the procedure performed, there may be some pain or discomfort.  After resuming fluid intake and demonstrating no nausea or vomiting, then take the prescribed medication or Tylenol / Advil as directed to minimize or eliminate this problem. Remember that prescription medications may make you drowsy. A low-grade fever is also possible due to dehydration. If this occurs, encourage fluids and analgesics. Feel free to call the Dental office at any time with any concerns.

Drinking and Eating
As soon as the patient is able, he or she should drink plenty of room temperature clear liquids such as water, fruit juices, Gator-aid, or carbonated beverages to help reduce the occasional nausea or vomiting following anesthesia and to prevent dehydration. Fluid during the day of surgery is very important , and soft or bland foods may be taken when desired as the local anesthesia wears off.

Intravenous Site
An extremely small percentage of patients experience post-operative tenderness and/or redness in their hand or arm which is a chemical phlebitis associated with intravenous infusion.  If this is occurs, patients should keep the arm elevated, apply warm (100 F) moist heat as much as possible, and take an anti-inflammatory agent. Should any other unusual situation or questions arise, contact the anesthesiologist or the dental office immediately.

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American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists  •   Texas Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists