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Pino Periodontics: Albuquerque's Specialists in Dental Implants, Gum Grafts, and Sedation Dentistry

SEDATION INSTRUCTIONS

Sedation is awesome. No doubt about it. It's your ticket to a stress-free dental experience.

 

However, there are some things we need you to keep in mind so that your procedure can be a blissful success.

 

Use our handy guide to find info on everything you'll need to know & do before, during, and after your visit.

- IMPORTANT -

If something seems strange or not right, stay in touch! We're here to help you out.

 

505.822.0565

BEFORE SURGERY

AT THE OFFICE

AFTER SURGERY

BEFORE SURGERY
CLOTHING

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting garments with short sleeves.

 

No high heels.

 

No jumpsuits, tights, or pantyhose. 

 

Remove all makeup and nail polish.

 

No pony tails or similar - your head should rest flat against the chair.

FOOD & DRINK

8 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

 

Eat your last regular meal.

 

4 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

 

A light meal of toast and clear liquids may be consumed.

 

2 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY

 

No more eating or drinking.

HYGIENE

Bathe or shower the day of your surgery to avoid the risk of infection.

 

Attend to bowel and urinary needs before your appointment.

MEDICAL INFO

Inform us of any changes to your medical history.

 

When taking your approved medications, you may drink small sips of water.

 

Let us know if you develop cold symptoms.

 

We really need to know if you get pregnant.

 

No secrets, please!

SMOKING & ALCOHOL

Do not smoke during the 24 hours preceding your visit.

 

Do not drink alcohol during the 24 hours preceding your visit.

 

Seriously

 
 
 
 
 

AT THE OFFICE

ACCOMPANIMENT

You must be accompanied by a responsible adult, both to and from your appointment. This persion must be able to provide transportation for you.

 

No ifs, ands, or buts.

 

If no one is there to help out, we will cancel your appointment.

TIMELINESS

This is an easy one:

Show up on time!

 

We prefer that patients arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment, so that we can get you settled and prepared for the surgery.

WHAT TO BRING

Your Weight

Weigh yourself the day of the surgery. Bring that number with you to the office.

 

Insurance Info

Bring your insurance card and any other important information.

 

Payment

At the completion of your appointment, payment for the services is due.

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Your Valuables

 

Your Glasses

 

Your Contact Lenses

 
 
 
 

AFTER SURGERY

FOOD & DRINK

Your first meal after surgery should be nice and light. Think: soup.

 

Stay hydrated!

 

If you are caring for a child after his or her surgery, this is especially important. Make them take sips every 30 minutes.

MEDICATION

You can begin taking any prescribed pain meds as soon as the need arises.

 

Pay special attention to when you take painkillers and to how much you take. See our medication guide for more info. 

NAUSEA & VOMITING

Slowly drinking some room-temperature soda (or anything fizzy) can be a big help for nausea.

 

- For the Buddy - 

If someone you're watching begins vomiting, make sure his/her head is turned to the side.

BUDDY SYSTEM

- For the Buddy -

 

The patient will be sleepy and/or groggy, and should be watched all day.

 

Keep the patient from biting his/her cheek, lip, or tongue before feeling returns.

 

Keep the patient away from stairs and other areas of potential harm.

 

The patient's mouth should be visibly uncovered at all times, even when he/she is sleeping.

 

When the patient is sitting, keep his or her head tilted slightly back.

 

- For the Patient -

 

Pick a buddy that you trust! They will be there to take care of you - you really won't be able to take care of yourself.

THINGS NOT TO DO

Don't drive a car.

 

Don't operate heavy machinery.

 

Don't engage in legal or financial matters.

THE CAR RIDE HOME

- For the Buddy -

 

Keep the patient's head from drooping down onto his or her chest.

 

Also keep his or her head from swaying side to side.

 

Children should recline with their heads back.

SMOKING & ALCOHOL

Do not drink any alcohol for at least 24 hours post-surgery.

 

Do not smoke for at least 24 hours post-surgery.

 

Seriously.