Pre-Operative Instructions for Sedation

Preoperative Instructions for Patients Undergoing Conscious IV Sedation
If you have been given a prescription of Halcion (Triazolam) take the tablet 1 hour prior to your appointment. Place it under your tongue and let it dissolve (In some cases you may have one for the night before surgery – this is to be taken 1 hour prior to bedtime to ensure a good nights rest).

  • Do not eat anything for 6 hours prior to your surgery. You may drink clear liquid equal to 1/2 cup that morning.
  • Refrain from drinking coffee or tea.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Wear a comfortable shirt with short sleeves.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and be able to drive the patient home.

The following conditions may occur after periodontal surgery or dental implant placement, all of which are considered normal:

  • The surgical area will swell.
  • Swelling peaks 2 or 3 days after the surgery.
  • You may experience slight bleeding.  We recommend that you cover your linens when sleeping to prevent staining.
  • Your teeth may be sensitive to cold liquids for several weeks to several months.
  • If the corners of the mouth are stretched out they may dry and crack. Your lips should be kept moist with cream or ointment.
  • You may have a slight earache.
  • A sore throat may develop.

Please take all prescriptions as directed.

Some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Consult your pharmacist.