How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

Posted Aug 16th, 2019 in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry, General

How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

Here’s a little from our Surrey dentist on how you should prepare for a safe and successful appointment when you're scheduled for dental treatment under sedation.


These patient instructions are applicable to intravenous (IV) sedation as well as general anesthesia.

It's important to note that, depending on your needs, your dentist may have specific instructions for you. If you have any questions at all about your upcoming dental sedation appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Instructions for Dental Sedation Patients

Please take the time to read these instructions very carefully; they are for your safety! It may be helpful to print these instructions and keep them handy as a reference.

Restricting Food & Drink

No eating or drinking after midnight of the night before your appointment, including water.

If you are required to take medications you should take them as usual, with just a small sip of water to wash them down. You will be able to eat following your dental treatment.

Your safety is of paramount importance! If you do not follow these instructions exactly, your appointment will need to be rescheduled. 

Appointment Day

You will require a drive home after your dental sedation appointment. Driving is not safe following dental sedation. Have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, and drive you home afterwards. 

Contact lenses should be removed before you leave home, if you're a contact lens user.

Dentures, partial plates or removable bridgework should be left at home. If you do wear them to your appointment be sure to bring a container with you in order to store it in during your procedure.

Additional Notes

Please notify our office as soon as possible if you have develop a cold before your surgery appointment.

If it's absolutely necessary to cancel your procedure, it's very important that you notify the clinic as soon as you can. Since surgery appointments with general anesthesia or IV sedation are scheduled very closely your cancellation could have repercussions for other appointments scheduled on that day.

Not cancelling in time will mean that we will lose two appointments: yours, and the one we might have booked in your place had you provided more notice.

Do you have questions about an upcoming dental sedation appointment? Please feel free to contact our Surrey dental office any time!

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