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Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Pre-Operative Instructions

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Pre-Operative Instructions in Atlanta GA

 

LOCAL ANESTHESIA +/- NITROUS OXIDE (“LAUGHING GAS”) PROCEDURES

  • It is completely fine and in fact even encouraged to eat prior to having a procedure with either local anesthesia or laughing gas. This is to ensure that you don’t get lightheaded during surgery.
  • It is not mandatory to have an escort or a driver for these types of procedures as it is safe to drive after having local anesthesia or laughing gas. If you would feel more comfortable bringing someone along it is of course fine to do so.
  • Please make sure to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.
  • It is fine to take most medications prior to oral surgery procedures, but should you have questions about a specific medication you are taking, please make sure to check with the office prior to your appointment.
  • No smoking of any kind at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking for at least 1 week prior to surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office prior to the date of your scheduled surgery to see if rescheduling your appointment is advisable.
Pre-Op: Dental Surgery

 

IV SEDATION PROCEDURES

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the check-in time for your surgery. In addition, you may not have any liquids (including water) for a minimum of 2 hours prior to the appointment.
    • Note: if you take medications such as Ozempic (semaglutide), Victoza (liraglutide), or Trulicity (dulaglutide) please inform the doctor at the time of your consultation as these medications affect fasting guidelines.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the entire procedure, and escort the patient home. This person should also be available to spend a few hours observing and assisting the patient until they are more awake and able to care for themselves after surgery.
  • The patient cannot drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please make sure that you wear loose-fitting clothing with a short sleeved base layer and low-heeled, close-toed shoes (sneakers are preferred).
  • Contact lenses should be avoided as eyeglasses are preferred.
  • Watches, jewelry, dentures, and other removal devices must be removed at the time of surgery. It is preferrable to leave any valuables at home prior to the procedure.
  • Do not wear lipstick, makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • No smoking of any kind at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking for at least 1 week prior to surgery.
  • It is fine to take most medications with a small sip of water prior to sedation surgery procedures, but should you have questions about a specific medication, please make sure to check with the office prior to your appointment.
  • If you were prescribed preoperative antibiotics, it is fine to also take these medications with a small sip of water prior to coming to the office on the morning of your surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office prior to the date of your scheduled surgery to see if rescheduling your appointment is advisable.
Pre-Op: General Anesthesia (IV Sedation)