Before Your Surgery

IV Sedation (‘conscious sedation or twilight sleep’)

If having IV sedation, you must not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your surgery. However, clear liquids such as water, carbonated beverages, fruit juices without pulp, or clear tea and coffee without milk or cream may be drunk up to 2-3 hours before your arrival time. If there is any doubt, avoid it.

You may take your regular medications or any prescribed medications for your surgery (for example an antibiotic) with a sip of water prior to surgery, unless instructed otherwise. If there is any doubt, please call the office.

General Anaesthesia (‘going completely to sleep’)

If having a GA, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. It is imperative for your own safety to have an empty stomach.

You may, however, take your regular medications or any prescribed medications for your surgery (for example an antibiotic) with a sip of water prior to surgery, unless instructed otherwise. If there is any doubt, please call the office.

Instructions prior to any surgery:

If you are diabetic or on blood thinners, ensure your doctor is aware at the time of your consultation because adjustments in your medications may be recommended prior to surgery.

No smoking for 2 weeks at least 12 hours before surgery to reduce your risk of compications. Ideally, stop smoking or cut down as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

If undergoing IV Sedation, General Anaesthesia, or oral sedation, a responsible adult must accompany you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive you home. You should not be left alone for the remainder of the day. Likewise, you should not drive a vehicle, operate any machinery, or sign legal documents for 24 hours following the anaesthesia experience.

If undergoing only Local Anaesthesia, we still recommend bringing a designated driver in case you are not feeling yourself following your surgery. However, you may come alone and drive yourself, if desired.

Please wear loose fitting clothing wiht no sleeves or sleeves which can easily be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.