Before Intravenous or General Anesthesia

Children (2-11 years)

  • Nothing to eat for six (6) hours prior to surgery.
  • May be offered clear liquid up to four (4) hours prior to surgery.

Adults (Age 12 & Older)

  • Nothing to eat eight (8) hours prior to surgery.
  • You may have sips of clear liquid such as water, apple juice, bouillon, Gatorade, tea or coffee without cream up to four (4) hours prior to surgery.
  • Routine medications should be taken with minimal clear liquid.
  • A responsible adult must accompany each patient, being prepared to remain in the office during the procedure and prepared to drive the patient home.
  • If the patient is a minor, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  If this is a concern, please contact the office.
  • Patients should wear short sleeved clothing that allows access to the elbow area, but no jewelry, fingernail polish, contact lenses, heavy eye make-up, or flip-flops.
  • If you are currently taking any anticoagulant medications or blood thinners, please contact the office for instructions prior to your appointment.

Before Nitrous Oxide  (Laughing Gas)

  • Do not  eat or drink for four (4) hours prior to your procedure.
  • You may come by yourself and drive yourself home afterwards.