We Assist in Preparing for Anesthesia Before Surgery

At Oral Surgery Associates of Chester County, we have experience administering anesthesia before surgery for patients in Kennett Square and West Chester, PA. Our team of knowledgeable and compassionate dental professionals understands that some patients may have questions about how to best prepare for anesthesia before their oral surgery. We believe in providing our patients with all the information they need for a successful and safe surgery. Contact us today for more information about the effects of anesthesia.

Why Can’t You Eat or Drink Before Anesthesia?

It’s crucial that the patient strictly follows our policies about eating and drinking before their oral surgery. You may not have anything to eat or drink for six (6) hours prior to your appointment. One of the most common complications of surgery is postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Luckily, PONV is extremely easy to prevent – avoid eating and drinking before your appointment. During your consultation, we will answer any of your questions about fasting before anesthesia.

Can You Drink Water Before Anesthesia?

Some patients may believe that it is acceptable to drink water before their oral surgery. However, that is not the case. As with any other kind of liquid, our patients must avoid drinking water before their surgery. Failure to follow these guidelines may require you to reschedule your appointment.

Can You Smoke Cigarettes or Weed Before Anesthesia?

There is no smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible before the day of surgery. Smoking has several adverse effects on the patient’s body that may pose a greater risk of complications. Smoking reduces blood flow and can slow the healing process or even cause infection. If you have any questions about how smoking may affect your anesthesia plan, please contact us.

How Long Before Anesthesia Wears Off?

A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home. It takes 24 hours for the anesthesia to wear off. During that time, the patient should not operate machinery, drive a vehicle, or make important decisions. We recommend that the patient stay home and rests following surgery. Resting will prevent injury and will help in the healing process.

What Are the After Effects of Anesthesia?

After oral surgery, most patients will feel groggy as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Grogginess should only last an hour or two. However, it will take up to 24 hours for the medicine to be eliminated from the body. Some patients may feel nauseous after the procedure. They may also experience soreness in the surgery wound as the effects of anesthesia wear off.

Choose the Right Dental Clinic for Anesthesia

At Oral Surgery Associates of Chester County, our knowledgeable and experienced team will ensure that you stay comfortable throughout your oral surgery using anesthesia. Anesthesia is a safe and effective method to reduce pain during oral surgery. We are properly trained to provide anesthetic services to our patients in a calming and relaxing environment. If you want the best results for your dental surgery, contact our Kennett Square or West Chester office.

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