The following instructions pertain to your health before dental procedures are performed. Please follow these directions carefully for your comfort. If you have any questions at any time please feel free to contact our office. Please advise us of any changes in your medical history. If your physician has prescribed you any medications recently please let us know as well.
If any antibiotic or other medication has been prescribed to begin before your treatment, please read the label carefully for when to take the medication. Alternatively, bring your prescribed medications with you on the day of surgery and we will help administer them to you. Do not stop or alter your other medications unless instructed to do so. Take all blood pressure medications, and those for heart problems, as directed using as little water as possible.
If you elect to use one of the following oral sedatives you must have a ride to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. When using a pre-medication oral sedative we encourage you to eat a light meal, such as juice and toast, prior to your surgery, unless advised otherwise.
- Ativan (Lorazepam®)
- Valium (Diazepam®)
- Triazalam (Halcion®)
Do not drink any alcohol or beverages with caffeine (coffee, tea or soft drinks) for one day prior to having oral pre-medication sedation.
IF you elect to use Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas” ):
Do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours prior to appointment.
You must be able to breathe in and exhale out of just your nose (instead of your mouth). Let us know if you develop an allergy, cold or respiratory condition as this may result in postponement of your nitrous oxide appointment (or abandonment of this procedure with an alternative or no form of sedation). Let us know if you develop an allergy, cold or respiratory condition as this may result in postponement of your nitrous oxide appointment (or abandonment of this procedure with an alternative or no form of sedation). Let us know if there is a change in your health (i.e., any recent surgery of the ear or nose, respiratory condition, psychiatric or cognitive disorder, actual or potential pregnancy).
Fully recovered nitrous oxide patients can be discharged from the office unaccompanied. However, if there are any residual symptoms after nitrous oxide use, the patient must be accompanied by a responsible adult.