If you have been scheduled to undergo general anesthesia for your surgery, it is essential that you do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to surgery. Any liquid or solid food in your stomach during anesthesia can have life-threatening consequences. If you have accidentally eaten before your surgery, inform your doctor immediately.

Please do not smoke or ingest alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours before your surgery.

Please brush your teeth before your appointment. This will help reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and lower your chance of infection.

Please bring a responsible adult to wait in the waiting room during your procedure and drive you home afterward. You will feel groggy for several hours after your surgery, and you will not be able to drive. If you have been given a prescription to take before surgery, make arrangements to be driven to the office. Do not drive yourself; sedative medications can act quickly and seriously affect your driving ability.

Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. We recommend a short-sleeved shirt for taking your blood pressure and applying monitors. A T-shirt, sweatpants, and tennis shoes are ideal options.

Take care of financial arrangements, ask questions, and use the bathroom before your surgery, as you will be too sleepy afterward to remember this important information.

Contact Utah Facial & Oral Surgery if you have any questions concerning these instructions or to schedule your appointment. While the thought of any surgery can provoke anxiety, our patients usually find the experience to be comfortable, pleasant, and painless.

Please contact us immediately if there is anything we can do to accommodate you.