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Pediatric Preop/Postop Instructions


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.

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
Your child should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (no tight jeans) with short sleeves to the appointment. Bring a change of clothing with you.

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.

Your child must be accompanied by at least one, preferably two responsible adults for the anesthetic appointment. 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. 


Getting Home
Your child may be drowsy or dizzy for a time after discharge from the officer. This is common as the drugs are wearing off. Your child may be irritable during this time. Children should be under adult supervision until the next day and not be allowed to travel unrestrained in a vehicle (use seatbelts or car seat), or play near streets, stairways or other areas where injuries could occur. Please call the Dental office upon arriving home as a follow up.

Depending upon the procedure performed, there may be some pain or discomfort.  Allow the child to take the prescribed medication or Tylenol / Advil as directed to minimize or eliminate this problem. Children with fair skin my exhibit mild blotchiness during the immediate recovery period - this is not necessarily an allergic reaction. 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 in children following anesthesia and to prevent dehydration. Fluid during the day of surgery is important – solid food is not. Soft foods may be taken when desired, but not immediately forced.

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