Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

Pre-IV Sedation Instructions

  • Call 1 week before surgery to have prescriptions sent to your pharmacy.
    • You may need to begin some medications prior to surgery.
    • 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 on 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.
  • Illegal drugs including marijuana should be avoided at least 1 week prior to surgery. These drugs will affect anesthesia.
  • Alcohol should be avoided at least 2 days prior to 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-fit clothing, and a T-shirt so we have access to an IV site. Dresses should be avoided.
  • Contact lenses, and jewelry, must be removed prior to arriving for surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery. If you have acrylic or gel nails they will need to be removed from both index fingers.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach, or bowel upset, please notify the office immediately as this could interfere with surgery. Some illnesses could be life-threatening in conjunction with anesthesia.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Drs. Maharaj and Pham prior to your surgical date for instructions.