How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

How to Prepare for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

If you're planning to undergo dental treatment under sedation, here’s how you should prepare in order to have a safe and successful appointment.


The patient instructions below are applicable to both intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia.

It's important to note that depending on your needs, your dentist may have specific instructions for you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your upcoming dental sedation appointment.

Some Important Instructions for Our Dental Patients

These instructions are for your safety; please read them very carefully! It can help to print these instructions and keep them handy as a reference while you're preparing.

Food & Drink

It is important not eat or drink after midnight the night before your appointment. This includes water!

If you need to take medications, be sure to take them as usual, with just a small sip of water.

Because your safety comes first, we will need to reschedule your appointment if you do not follow these instructions exactly! 

The Day Of Your Appointment

Make sure that you have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, and drive you home afterwards, since driving is not safe under sedation.

Remember to remove your contact lenses before you leave home.

If you wear dentures, a partial plate or removable bridgework, you should leave it at home, or bring a container to store it in during your surgery.

Additional Notes

If you happen to develop a cold before your surgery, please notify our office as soon as possible.

In cases where you must cancel your surgery, it's important that you notify the clinic as soon as you can! Surgery appointments with general anesthesia or IV sedation are scheduled very closely in order to treat as many patients as possible.

Please be aware that if you do not cancel in time, we lose two appointments: yours, and the one we might have booked in your place had you provided ample notice.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming dental sedation appointment, please contact our Surrey dental office any time!

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