On the day of surgery, we suggest you eat as you normally would unless you have chosen to be sedated for your surgery. If you have requested oral (Halcion) or intravenous sedation please refer to the separate instructions below.
You should be able to drive yourself to and from surgery unless you have elected to be sedated for your surgery. We will be using a local anesthetic that will not impair your ability to drive, so you will not need someone to bring you. If you have chosen to have nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) during surgery, you will not have any after-effects that will impair your driving.
Our office staff can help assist you in choosing a sedation option that is best suited for your needs.
Please know that sedation options are purely elective and are not mandatory for any of our procedures. Even when sedation is used, a local anesthetic for “numbing” in the area of treatment will still be administered.
We offer 3 options for sedation to ease dental anxiety:
These options for sedation can be further reviewed at your initial exam if you feel that one of the options would suit your needs.
If you have requested oral sedation for your surgery we have Triazalam, a generic form of Halcion, available for a fee of $45. This charge includes the medicaiton and necessary monitoring required for your surgery. If you are going to be taking this, you will need someone to bring you to and from your appointment. You are not to eat 6 hours prior to surgery, or have any caffeine products, as this will reduce the effects of the medicine. After surgery, it is best to have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day, since you will most likely be sleepy for several hours after your dental treatment. This medication will also impair your ability to drive, therefore you will not be able to drive until the day after your surgery.
* See Consent for Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation form for additional information.
You will be given a separate sheet of instructions that explains in detail your post-surgical care. Try to avoid any strenuous physical activities for 48 hours following surgery, and plan to rest the remainder of the day. Most people are able to return to work the following day, so plan accordingly. Have soft, cold foods on hand to eat for the first 24 hours following surgery, i.e., applesauce, cottage cheese, pudding, yogurt, etc. Avoid brittle, crunchy, hot foods for at least 2 days, unless instructed otherwise.
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