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Steps to a Smooth Surgery Day

  1. Ensure you have completed the Medical History Form and returned it to your dentist prior to surgery (this was most likely accomplished in your general dentist office).
  2. Read the following instructions carefully:
  • Planning for your surgery will make your day go much smoother. Getting ice packs and liquid diet foods purchased before the surgery will allow to you to rest and recover sooner. Soft diet foods include items like yogurt, pudding, tomato soup, eggs, and mashed potatoes.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by the legal guardian at the appointment time.
  • At your surgery appointment, we will be reviewing the Medical History Form you submitted. Ensure you are familiar with that information including names of any prescriptions, dosage you are utilizing, and why it was prescribed.
  • Ensure you arrive for your appointment on-time and have planned for adequate recovery time. (Wisdom teeth usually require 3 days of recovery time.)
  • Smoking in the weeks prior to surgery greatly increases your chances of complications. If you smoke, it is best to refrain or limit as much as possible for at least 1 week prior to surgery.
  • If you have any questions regarding your surgery after reading the following instructions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Woodmansee.

If you are having Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation:

  • You cannot eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 6 hours prior to your surgery. Any prescription medications should be taken at their regular times with no more than a few small sips of water.
  • Wear loose non-restrictive clothing with short sleeves so that we can start the IV in your arm.
  • A responsible escort must be present at the start of your appointment. They will remain in the office throughout the procedure.
  • Female patients: must be sure you are not pregnant prior to any sedation. If you feel you may be pregnant, please notify Dr. Woodmansee prior to the appointment.
  • Intravenous conscious sedation is a safe reliable method of providing relief from the fears and apprehensions of surgery. Various drugs will be administered making you very relaxed, and sleepy. If you have questions pertaining to IV conscious sedation please feel free to contact Dr. Woodmansee prior to your appointment.