Before Anesthesia

Anesthesia / Surgical Pre-Operative Instructions

Thank you again for selecting Spokane Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to provide your clinical and surgical care. To help us provide the absolute best treatment, we ask that you follow these essential pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

  • Please do not eat or drink anything (even water) after midnight or at least six hours before your surgery, unless directed otherwise by your surgeon. If you have anything to eat or drink, it is vital that you inform Dr. Paxton upon your arrival at the clinic. Eating or drinking prior to your surgery may force your procedure to be rescheduled or cancelled.
  • Daily medications may be taken with a minimal amount (sips) of water. Dr. Paxton will tell you which medications you should take the morning of your procedure. Special instructions for diabetics who take insulin will be provided.
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves. This will allow placement of the required monitors without difficulty and provide more accurate diagnostic information during your anesthesia.
  • Please do not wear any makeup or jewelry.
  • Please visit the restroom immediately before your appointment time.
  • You should not do the following for 24 hours after your sedation/anesthesia:
    • Drive a motor vehicle
    • Operate or work around machinery
    • Make financial or significant personal decisions
    • Drink alcohol
  • You should plan on resting the remainder of the day following your surgery. Someone should be available to check on you throughout the day or provide assistance at night if necessary.
  • A responsible adult must accompany you before your anesthesia or sedation can be started. That person must remain in the reception area during the appointment and is responsible for driving you home after release from the clinic.
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the time of surgery.
  • If you develop symptoms of a chest or head cold, please contact us prior to your appointment.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your planned anesthesia/surgery or overall treatment, at (509) 242-3336.

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