Preparing for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

Preparing for Your Dental Sedation Appointment

Here’s how you should prepare for a safe and successful appointment if you are scheduled to undergo dental treatment under sedation.


The following patient instructions are apply to both intravenous (IV) sedation and general anesthesia.

Note that depending on your needs, your dentist may have specific instructions for you. If you have any questions about your upcoming dental sedation appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Instructions for Dental Patients

These instructions are for your own safety. Please read them carefully! It may help to print them off and keep them handy as a reference.

No Food & Drink

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

If you need to take medications, you should take them as usual, with a small sip of water. You may eat any time following your procedure.

Your safety comes first! Which is why, if you do not follow these instructions exactly, we must reschedule your appointment. 

On The Day Of Your Appointment

Have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, and drive you home afterwards, since driving is not safe following a dental sedation appointment.

For those who wear contact lenses, remember to remove them before you leave home.

Dentures, a partial plate or removable bridgework should be removed before you leave home, or be sure to bring a container to store it in during your surgery.

Additional Notes

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

If you must cancel your surgery, it is very important that you notify the clinic as soon as you can since surgery appointments with general anesthesia or IV sedation are scheduled very closely together.

If you delay and do not cancel in time, we lose two appointments: yours, and the one we might have booked in your place had you provided us with ample notice.

Please feel free to contact our Surrey dental office any time if you have questions about an upcoming dental sedation appointment.