After Anesthesia


Please follow these instructions if you have had an oral surgery procedure with IV Sedation.

  • A responsible adult should be with you at all times for the entire rest of the day and you should remain at home.
  • You should be aware that your thought processes, coordination and reflexes are temporarily slowed. For the next 24 hours, you should not return to work or school, operate a motor vehicle or machinery, make important decisions or commitments, sign legal contracts or engage in electronic communications like texting, private phone calls, email or social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.).
  • Since you were fasting prior to your procedure, it is important that you stay well-hydrated after the procedure. Begin slowly with clear liquids, but drink plenty of fluids for the rest of the day. Advance quickly to soft foods (let comfort at the surgical sites be your guide after the numbness has worn off). Staying well-hydrated minimizes the risk of nausea/vomiting, light-headedness and fainting.
  • Take medications exactly as prescribed or directed. You should not drink alcohol or take any substances which have not been discussed with your doctor for at least the next 24 hours.
  • You may remove the bandage over the injection site on your arm in 2 hours. Occasionally, normal bruising may occur over the injection site. No special care is needed there, but call if any redness, pain or swelling occurs.