Sedation Instruction Guidelines

The Night Before Surgery

  • Maintain your normal diet and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Get a good night's rest.
  • If you take Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin 200, Nuprin, etc.) without any adverse reaction, we recommend you take over-the-counter Ibuprofen at a dosage of 3-4 tablets (200 mg tablet) three different times (not exceeding 12 tablets) for the first 24 hours prior to surgery. This will minimize discomfort and swelling associated with your upcoming periodontal surgery.
The Day of Your Surgery

Arrive 15 minutes (at minimum) before your appointed surgical time to allow sufficient time to take care of all finances and the scheduling of your post-operative appointment.

IV Sedation or Oral Sedation Procedures

  • Do not have any food or beverages (coffee, water, shakes) for 6 hours prior to surgery.
  • If you are scheduled for intravenous (IV) or oral sedation, a ride must accompany you to and from the appointment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing with a t-shirt or blouse under any jacket or sweater to allow access for blood pressure monitoring.
  • Do not wear contact lenses; please use alternate eye wear.

Non-Sedation Procedures

  • Eat a light meal before the surgery, but avoid excessive liquid intake and fat-containing foods (especially butter and eggs).


After Your Surgery

  • It is highly recommended that you go home and rest for the remainder of the day.
  • You may be given a narcotic pain medication for discomfort.
  • Do not drive any vehicle or operate power tools if taking a narcotic.

With any surgical procedure, it is understandable that there may be last minute hesitation or questions. Should you have any questions that were not addressed at your consultation, please call our office at 408.252.8877.