Before Surgery with Sedation and/or General AnesthesiaSanta Maria, CA
- Except in VERY SPECIAL situations, patients must be seen for a consultation appointment before surgery with Sedation and/or General Anesthesia.
- IMPORTANT: NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK for six (6) hours before surgery, including no gum or breath mints.
- If preoperative medication(s) are prescribed, take the medication(s) with the smallest amount of water possible, as directed on the label. Under NO circumstances should this volume exceed two (2) ounces (1/4 cup).
- No smoking the day of surgery.
- Take all regular prescription drugs unless instructed otherwise. Again, take the medication(s) with the smallest amount of water possible. Under NO circumstances should the total volume of water the day of surgery exceed two (2) ounces (1/4 cup).
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves and low-heeled shoes.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your appointment and let them know that they will be required to stay for the length of the procedure (approx. 1 1/2 hours). Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and are also required to stay for the length of the procedure.
- Do not drink any alcoholic beverages the night before the appointment.
- If you have painted fingernails, please remove dark polish from index fingers.
- We cannot perform your surgery if there is any possibility you could be pregnant.
- Contact lenses and facial and oral piercings must be removed at the time of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat or cough, please notify the office.
- The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
- All payments will be collected before the day of your surgery. For your convenience, we accept Cash, Personal Checks and Credit Cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express.
A dental implants procedure replaces tooth roots with metal posts and missing or damaged teeth with artificial ones. Dental implants provide support for your replacement teeth. The process is performed in stages and may require many dental visits. If you are thinking about getting dental implants, you must learn more about the procedure.How the surgery…
Dentists sometimes perform bone grafting surgery as the first step of a treatment plan to install dental implants. They may also perform the procedure as a way to correct bone loss caused by periodontal disease. In the case of dental implant treatments, grafting may be necessary for a patient who lacks the bone mass or…
Not everyone has to have their wisdom teeth taken out during their teenage years. In fact, some people never need it at all. However, if wisdom teeth do erupt during the teenage years and result in symptoms, then it is highly advised to have them removed during the teenage years. Even if there are no…
Looking for more information on oral surgery procedures? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oral surgical procedures involve the incision, excision or reflection of tissue that exposes the normally sterile areas of the oral cavity. A few examples of oral surgery procedures include implant surgery, tooth extractions and performing any necessary root…
There can be a lot of problems caused by putting off wisdom tooth removal. Most oral surgeons recommend that their patients have these final molars removed as soon as they erupt, which tends to be during the teenage years.Wondering when to have a wisdom tooth removal procedure done? Discover why it is often preferred to…