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How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

Posted Jan 4th, 2019

How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

If you are about to undergo dental treatment under sedation, here’s how you should prepare for a safe and successful appointment.


These patient instructions are applicable to both general anesthesia and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Note that depending on your needs, your dentist might have specific instructions for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all regarding your upcoming dental sedation appointment.

Instructions for Our Dental Patients

Be sure to read these instructions carefully; they are for your safety! If it helps, you may want to print them out and keep them handy as a reference.

Food & Drink

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your appointment. This includes water.

If you need to take medications, take them as usual, with just a small sip of water. You will be able to eat any time after your procedure.

Your safety comes first! That's why it is so important that you follow these instructions exactly. If for any reason you do not follow these instructions we must reschedule your appointment. 

On The Day Of Your Appointment

Have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, and drive you home afterwards, since driving is not safe directly following a sedation appointment.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before you leave home.

If you have dentures, a partial plate or removable bridgework, please bring a container to store it in during your surgery, or leave it at home.

Additional Notes

If you develop a cold before your surgery, please notify our office as soon as possible.

If you must cancel your surgery, it is extremely important that you notify the clinic as soon as possible, since surgery appointments with general anesthesia or IV sedation are scheduled very closely.

If you do not cancel in time, we lose two appointments: yours, and the one we might have booked in your place had you provided ample notice.

If you have any questions about an upcoming dental sedation appointment, please feel free to contact our Surrey dental office any time!

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