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Before General Anesthesia

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Prior to your Oral Surgery you will have the opportunity to address any concerns you might have during your pre-op appointment. We encourage you to ask questions and make us aware of any fears you might have. Our main goal is to create a secure, comfortable environment for our patients on the day of surgery so the more you communicate with us, the easier we can accommodate your needs. The following guidelines are meant to serve as reminders in helping you prepare for your Oral Surgery. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our practice at 847-882-9448.

Leading Up to the Day of Surgery

  • Patients should avoid eating and drinking anything within 8 hours of their surgery.       
  • Talk to your Oral Surgeon at your pre-op appointment if there are any medications that you must take the morning of your procedure. 
  • Medications that patients are prohibited from taking are MAO inhibitors, anti-depressants, aspirins, anti-coagulants, and anti-inflammatory drugs.   
  • Patients are not to consume alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products within 24 hours of their appointment and are asked to refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking for 48 hours after their surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • If you are a minor, you must have a parent or guardian present for the extent of your surgery. All patients who are sedated are required to have a licensed driver take them home after their appointment, and we prefer that you are accompanied by someone for at least 12 hours after your surgery.
  • Brush your teeth as usual, but be sure not to swallow any water or toothpaste. Do not wear nail polish or artificial nails.
  • If you regularly wear contact lenses, please remove them prior to surgery. Jewelry and dentures will also need to be removed before surgery.
  • We prefer that you wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes. Shirts that have ¾ sleeve or shorter are ideal.
  • After surgery, you will not be fully aware, therefore cannot return to work or school, and cannot drive or operate other hazardous machinery  for 24 hours following surgery. Please make sure that you have assistance when climbing stairs or attempting other difficult tasks.

If you have any change in your health the morning of your appointment, please contact the practice immediately at 847-882-9448. A cold or fever with chest and sinus congestion may dangerously affect surgery so it is imperative that our practice is made aware of the situation. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment. 

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