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Before Anesthesia

What to do before receiving anesthesia

Listed are steps all patients should observe before receiving anesthesia.

  • No eating or drinking at least 8 hours before surgery, and no smoking 12 hours before surgery.
  • A spouse, friend or neighbor will need to accompany you to the procedure, and drive you home after it is completed.
  • Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses or dentures on the day of the procedure.
  • Talk to your dentist about the regular medications you take, and be sure you can take the medications prior to the procedure.