PRE-ANESTHESIA INSTRUCTIONS

Eating and drinking: For safety, it is extremely important that your child have an empty stomach. Vomiting

of food during anesthesia may be life threatening. For this reason, on the day of the appointment, your child must not have any food for 8 hours prior to the procedure. If he or she eats, the surgery will be rescheduled.



Drinking clear liquids 3 hours before the time of the appointment is acceptable.

For example, if the appointment is at 9:00 A.M., your child may have clear liquids until 6:00 A.M., but not after that

time.


An adult must supervise the child constantly on the day of the appointment to make sure the child does not

eat. Do not leave your child unattended or send your child to school or day care.



Illness: If your child develops a cough, nausea, or fever, please call the dental office or our office, so we may speak with you to assess the situation and determine if we can safely proceed.



Medications: If your child takes any prescribed medication, continue it on the day of the appointment. If it is an

oral medication, let your child take it with a small sip of water. If it is an inhaler, have your child use it at the usual time.



Clothing: We recommend loose fitting. Please bring a change of clothing and a warm blanket. If appropriate, have your child wear a diaper and bring an extra one.


Adult Escort: A parent/legal guardian must accompany the child to our surgery center and remain there during the entire procedure.