SoundView Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is New London’s premier provider of dental surgery, from routine procedures like wisdom teeth removal to advanced techniques like jaw reconstruction. No matter what kind of procedure you have scheduled, any oral surgery involving intravenous anesthesia requires special preparation to ensure your safety.
Here are three reminders from Dr. Ross J. Sanfilippo of SoundView Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for any oral surgery with IV anesthesia:
- Don’t Eat, Drink, Or Smoke: It is absolutely vital to refrain from eating or drinking anything, including water, for eight hours prior to the appointment. If you are a smoker, you must stop smoking for at least 12 hours leading up to your surgery.
- Dress Comfortably: Dr. Sanfilippo requests that patients choose loose-fitting garments that can roll up above the elbow. Please refrain from wearing lipstick, nail polish, or excessive makeup on the day of your procedure. Contacts, dentures, and jewelry must be removed for the surgery.
- Bring A Friend: Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following your oral surgery. Because of this, plan to arrive at your appointment with a trusted friend or family member who will stay in the office during your procedure and then escort you safely home.
If you have any questions before your oral surgery, ask the team at New London’s SoundView Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for further guidance. For more information, call (860) 443-3619 or visit their website.