Dean C. Younce, D.M.D., P.A.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Preoperative Instructions

The following are instructions for patients scheduled to have oral surgery under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

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·         Do not eat or drink anything (NO WATER) for 8 hours prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed. If you normally take medication, the Doctor will instruct you whether or not to take the medication prior to your surgery.

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·         If you have taken a pre-medication, you cannot drive, and must have an adult drive you to the office.

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·         A responsible adult must accompany you to the office and remain in the reception room for the entire surgery.

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·         Do not drink any alcohol or smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery.

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·         Do not bring children, as your escort will need to devote their attention to you.

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Under no circumstances will intravenous sedation or general anesthesia be administered if the above instructions are not followed!

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·         If a Pre-Medication of Diazepam (Valium) was given to you, take this pill 1 hour prior to your appointment with a small sip of water. Do Not Drive A Vehicle After Taking This Medicine.

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·         Wear loose, comfortable clothing with short sleeves. Do not wear shoes that could possibly be difficult to walk in i.e. flip flops, clogs, high heels, etc. Do not wear dark fingernail polish.

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·         Be sure to use the restroom shortly before the surgery.

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·         If you develop a cold or any physical illness before your appointment, be sure to call us to determine if you should postpone your appointment. The office phone number is 939-4242.

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·         If for any reason you must postpone your appointment, please call in as far advance as possible.

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·         If you are going to be late, please call. Otherwise your appointment will be cancelled and you will need to make a new appointment. The office number is 939-4242.

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After the sedation or general anesthesia, you will be tired and mentally impaired, therefore:

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·         Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery of any kind for 24 hours.

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·         Do not undertake any business negotiations the same day.

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·         Do not use alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following the surgery, and while taking narcotic pain medication.

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·         Plan to rest preferably at home for the remainder of the day, with adult supervision.

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These instructions are given with your best interest in mind. Failure to follow these instructions may have devastating consequences.

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