Preparation

Once you and your doctor agree on an appropriate time, then he/she will notify the anesthesiologist or his/her assistant will then contact you to confirm the surgery date and time. Also, someone will explain to you how the anesthesia is to be administered and what is required of you before and during the procedure. The anesthesiologists will require some background information about you and your health history. It is important to cooperate with them to the best of your ability. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.

Adult Preoperative Instructions

Before the procedure:

  • You should arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled surgery.
  • You must be accompained by a responsible adult to drive you home.
  • Public transportation is prohibited.Arrangements must be made for someone to stay with you for the rest of the day.
  • We ask that you wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes with short sleeves. High heeled shoes are not permitted. Jewelry should be removed.
  • Devices such as tongue or nose studs must be removed.

Preoperative Tests & Physical Exam

Depending on your age and health, you may be required to see your medical doctor before the surgery. Some preoperative tests may be necessary.
These tests usually consist of simple blood work and/or EKG. The type of tests you will need are decided by your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Your doctor will inform you as to when and where the tests can be completed.

Eating Instructions

It is very important that you have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure. You may brush your teeth but do not
swallow any water. If the surgery is scheduled in the afternoon, you may have clear liquids (apple juice, broth, tea, jello) up to 3 hours before
your appointment. Milk, coffee, and orange juice are not considered clear liquids. If you have special health considerations that would not allow you
to fast, such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, or other problems, please tell our office when they contact you.

Prescription Medications

If you would normally be taking prescription medications on the day of the procedure, it is important to continue them unless directed otherwise
by our office. Your medications may be taken with a small sip of water. If you are unable to take them for any reason, such as they must be taken
with food, contact our office for instructions.
Adult Postoperative Instruction

After the procedure:

  • Do not return to work or school
  • Do not operate an automobile or machinery of any kind for at least twenty-four (24) hours or until fully recovered. Refrain from strenuous activity.
  • Do not prepare or cook food
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not make any important decisions or sign any important documents.
  • Follow the diet plan suggested by the surgeon and anesthesiologist.

Anesthesia Instructions

  • Food:Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless otherwise instructed
  • Drugs: Take prescription medications as you normally do unless otherwise instructed. If you must take medications with food, do so with a few
    teaspoonfuls of plain jello.
  • Home-Care: Arrange for someone to remain in the office during your appointment and be with you at home on the day of your procedure.

  • Instructions: Our office will be calling you approximately three days before the scheduled procedure with additional
    instructions and to process billing. If you are unable to return our call by 3 PM the day prior to the procedure, we will not reserve
    your anesthesia appointment.
  • Finances: We ask you to be informed of your insurance benefits and limitations. Frequently there is a "copay" or "deductible" that
    must be paid. Please be aware that in some instances there is little or no coverage. You may be responsible for up to $500 or
    more, payable at the time of the procedure. If this is a concern please call our office as soon as possible.
Children Preoperative Instructions

Partners in Dental Care

Your Pediatric Dentist wants the best treatment for your child in a safe, pain free environment. Anesthesiologists are a special part of the pediatric
dental team because they provide a safe alternative for children who need help the most.
Your child will be cared for by a board certified medical or dental anesthesiologist throughout the entire procedure.
The anesthesiologist will safely sedate or put your child to sleep.
Your child will have little or no memory of the procedure, which will foster a better relationship with the dentist.
By following our instructions before and after the procedure, you can ensure that your child will have the best possible outcome and recovery.
Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates has an excellent office staff to work with you. They can answer most questions about insurance participation and
other methods of payment for anesthesia services.
A representative from Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates will contact you by telephone with specific instructions for your child approximately one week
to a few days prior to the procedure. If you would like to speak to our office sooner, we welcome your call.

General Instructions and Information

  • You must insure that your child have nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the day of the procedure.
  • All children need to be accompanied by two adults; one must be a parent. Both escorts must be traveling in the same transportation when
    accompanying the child home.
  • Children must be able to dress down to a t-shirt with short sleeves and under shorts on the day of the appointment.
  • If your child shows any sign of a cough or cold prior to the procedure, please notify our office immediately. If your child has any
    specific health issues, please contact us immediately so we may consult with your pediatrician.
  • Plan for extra help around the home following the procedure to care for other children in the family.
  • At least one parent must be present throughout the day to care for your child after the procedure.
  • Your anesthesiologist will explain to you how fluid and nutrition play an important role with recovery.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call your dentist and our office immediately


Before the procedure:

  • You and your child should arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled surgery.
  • Your child must be accompanied by a responsible adult to drive you home.
  • Public transportation is prohibited. Arrangements must be made for someone to stay with your child for the rest of the day.
  • We ask that your child wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes with short sleeves.

Preoperative Tests & Physical Exam

Depending on age and health, your child may be required to see your medical doctor before the surgery. Some preoperative
tests may be necessary. These tests usually consist of simple blood work and/or EKG. The type of tests your child will need are decided
by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Your doctor will inform you as to when and where the tests can be completed.

Eating Instructions

It is very important that your child have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure. Your child may brush his/her teeth but
do not swallow any water. If the surgery is scheduled in the afternoon, your child may have clear liquids (apple juice, broth, tea, jello) up to
3 hours before your appointment. Milk, coffee, and orange juice are not considered clear liquids. If your child has special health considerations
that would not allow fasting, such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, or other problems, please tell our office when they contact you.

Prescription Medications

If your child would normally be taking prescription medications on the day of the procedure, it is important to continue them unless
directed otherwise by your office. Your child's medications may be taken with a small sip of water. If your child is unable to take them
for any reason, such as they must be taken with food, contact our office for instructions.
Children Postoperative Instructions

After the procedure:

  • Fluid intake & nutritional requirements are very important for the pediatric patient.
  • After the child is awake and alert, encourage as much fluids as possible.
  • Apply moist head to the IV(needle) site for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a day for 2-3 days.
  • Do not have you child return to work or school
  • Have you child refrain from active play and be carefully observed by a responsible adult for the remainder of the day
  • Do not have your child make any important decisions or sign any important documents.
  • Your child should follow the diet plan suggested by the surgeon and anesthesiologist.

  • Instructions: Our office will be calling you approximately three days before the scheduled procedure with additional
    instructions and to process billing. If you are unable to return our call by 3 PM the day prior to the procedure, we will not reserve your anesthesia appointment.

  • Finances: We ask you to be informed of your insurance benefits and limitations. Frequently there is a "copay" or "deductible" that must be paid. Please be aware that in some instances there is little or no coverage. You may be responsible for up to $500 or more, payable at the time of the procedure. If this is a concern please call our office as soon as possible.

Call the anesthesiologist to discuss any questions or problems you may have. Our telephone answers 24 hours a day.

Additional Instructions

Anesthesia Instructions


  • Food: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless otherwise instructed
  • Drugs: Take prescription medications as you normally do unless otherwise instructed. If you must take medications with food, do so
    with a few teaspoonfuls of plain jello.
  • Home-Care: Arrange for someone to remain in the office during your appointment and be with you at home on the day of your procedure

  • Instructions: Our office will be calling you approximately three days before the scheduled procedure with additional
    instructions and to process billing. If you are unable to return our call by 3 PM the day prior to the procedure, we will not reserve
    your anesthesia appointment.
  • Finances: We ask you to be informed of your insurance benefits and limitations. Frequently there is a "copay" or "deductible" that
    must be paid. Please be aware that in some instances there is little or no coverage. You may be responsible for up to $500 or
    more, payable at the time of the procedure. If this is a concern please call our office as soon as possible.

Partners in Dental Care


  • Your Pediatric Dentist wants the best treatment for your child in a safe, pain free environment. Anesthesiologists are a special part of the pediatric
    dentist's team because they provide a safe alternative for children who need help the most.
  • Your child will be cared for by a board certified medical or dental anesthesiologist throughout the entire procedure. The anesthesiologist will
    safely sedate or put your child to sleep.
  • Your child will have little or no memory of the procedure, which will foster a better relationship with the dentist.
  • By following our instructions before and after the procedure, you can ensure that your child have the best possible outcome and recovery.
  • Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates has an excellent office staff to work with you. They can answer most questions about insurance participation
    and other methods of payment for anesthesia services. A representative from AAA will contact you by telephone with specific instructions for
    your child approximately one week to a few das prior to the procedure. If you would like to speak to our office sooner, we welcome your call.

Post-Operative Instructions


  • 1. Do NOT return to work or school.
  • 2. Do NOT operate machinery of any kind for at least twenty-four (24) hours or until fully recovered from the effects of the anesthetic
    (automobile, blender, mixer, lawn mower, power tools, etc.).
  • 3. Do NOT prepare or cook food.
  • 4. Do NOT drink alcoholic beverages.
  • 5. Do NOT smoke.
  • 6. Do NOT make any important decisions or sign any important documents.
  • 7. Refrain from strenuous activity.
  • 8. Follow the diet plan suggested by the Surgeon and Anesthesiologist.
  • 9. Apply moist heat to the IV (needle) site for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a day for 2-3 days.
  • 10. The child patient must refrain from active play and be carefully observed by a responsible adult for the remainder of the day.
  • 11. Fluid intake & nutritional requirements are very important for the pediatric patient. After the child is awake and alert, encourage as
    much fluid as possible.