Before General Anesthesia & Intravenous Sedation

DO NOT:

  • Do NOT eat or drink for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • NO morning coffee
  • NO smokeless tobacco
  • NO chewing gum
  • Exceptions only for regular medications with small sip of water (at least 2 hours prior to appointment)
  • Do NOT wear nail polish, jewelry, eye make-up, or contact lenses

DO:

  • Responsible adult escort – Every patient undergoing anesthesia must bring an escort. This responsible adult (over 18 years old) will be required to:

  –Drive to and from appointment (you cannot drive for the rest of the day)
  –Sit with you in recovery room after surgery
  –Understand verbal post-op instructions (written instructions also given)                                                                       

  • If under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must accompany you  
  • Wear shoes that tie (patient may have difficulty walking in sandals immediately after anesthesia)
  • Wear loose fitting, short sleeved blouse or shirt (need arm access for Blood Pressure cuff and IV placement)   

**FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE CANCELLATION AND REAPPOINTMENT**