Pre-Operative Instructions
for Local Anesthesia or
Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide

If you would like to have your procedure immediately follow your consultation (discussion of the procedure), you may have either local anesthesia or local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. If you think you would like to have a general anesthetic, we require that you have a consultation and then return on another day for your general anesthetic. Please discuss your preference with the scheduler on the telephone.

Please read and follow carefully the instructions below.

If you are having local anesthesia, you may eat before surgery. Do not have a large meal immediately before surgery, as you will be lying back in the chair.

If you are having local anesthesia plus nitrous oxide, do not eat or drink anything for two hours before surgery, except water. Please do not fast for longer than two or three hours.

For local anesthesia alone or for the combination of local and nitrous, it is not necessary to have a driver, as the effects of the gas wear off within three to five minutes after the nasal mask is removed. You however may want someone to drive or escort you to the office.

Do not have aspirin or any drugs containing aspirin, such as Alka Seltzer, for seven days preceding your surgery, if possible. Try to avoid Motrin, Advil, and ibuprofen for 24 hours prior to surgery, and discontinue vitamin E and any herbs that inhibit clotting seven days prior to your surgical appointment.

If you are on aspirin therapy, please discuss that with Dr. Strahs during your consultation.

Please do not wear perfume or scented body lotion. If you are being treated for asthma, please bring your inhaler with you.

It is strongly recommended that you go directly home and rest following your oral surgery. We advise you to not return to work on the day of your surgery as you will need to rest and minimize speaking and activities.