Children Preoperative Instructions

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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 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


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


Before the procedure


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 or and 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:

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

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