Day of Procedure
Please read these items to ensure you have a smooth experience on the day of your procedure:
- Please confirm that you have picked up pre-op antibiotics and oral sedatives, if applicable, prior to the day of your procedure. Please take them as directed on the day of your procedure.
- Young children scheduled for procedures with pre-op sedatives must take their sedatives in the office under the direct supervision of Dr. Hochberg, Dr. Abel, and their staff.
- If you have an illness such as a cough, cold, sore throat, sinus infection, or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office as soon as possible before your scheduled surgery.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
- Tongue/lip piercings must be removed prior to surgery.
- Please remember to use the restroom immediately before your appointment time.
- Please make arrangements before surgery to have someone available to check on you throughout the day, after your surgery, and to provide assistance at night if needed.
- Patients under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of their surgery.
- Please take all previously prescribed medications as you normally would before your scheduled oral surgery, unless otherwise instructed.
- Aspirin and Plavix, if taken daily, should be continued normally pre-op and post-op. These anti-platelet medications help to prevent heart attack and stroke and should not be discontinued, unless specifically instructed by Dr. Hochberg or Dr. Abel.
If you will be receiving IV sedation:
- Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves that can be easily rolled up past the elbow and low-heeled shoes (no flip-flops).
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, nail polish, or sculptured nails on the day of surgery.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at or before the time of surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
- The patient should not drive a vehicle, operate any machinery, make important financial decisions, or drink alcohol for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience. No exceptions!
- The patient may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
- Patients who normally take prescription medication should do so with the smallest sip of water necessary.
- If you have anything to eat or drink before a planned IV anesthetic, it is important you inform the doctor upon your arrival. Eating or drinking prior to a planned IV anesthetic may necessitate your case be rescheduled or cancelled. To proceed would put you at increased risk for otherwise avoidable complications!