Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Pre-IV Sedation Instructions

  • Call 1 week before surgery to make arrangments to pick-up your prescriptions at the office before your surgery. Changes from the FDA has made it manditory for pain medications to require a written prescription. Make sure to carefully read all of the instructions on each prescription prescribed for you. Each patient’s medication needs are different.
  • Please review your treatment plan before surgery. Call the office if you have any questions about your treatment or your estimated financial portion that you will be responsible for paying the day of surgery.
  • Do not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. It is extremely dangerous to perform surgery if you do not have an empty stomach. ******Remember: Nothing to eat! Nothing to drink! Nothing in your stomach!!!*******
  • Please brush your teeth before arriving for your appointment. Mouthwash is also okay, just make sure you do not swallow any.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult (over 18 years old)must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the waiting room during the procedure, and drive the patient home. If the patient is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the time of surgery. Surgery will not begin without an escort present.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Drs. Maharaj and Pham prior to your surgical date for instructions.

Excuses for school and work are written on a case-by-case request. Each patient heals at a different rate after surgery. Discuss any concerns with the doctor at the time of surgery and we will gladly issue a school or work excuse based on your individual case.