Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

You MUST BE FASTING FOR A PERIOD OF 8 HOURS PRIOR TO SURGERY, which means no food, water, gum or candy. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your surgery as it can be life threatening. Under certain circumstances, as directed by your doctor, a light meal (such as toast and clear fluids) may be eaten 6 hours before the surgery.

You are advised to:

  • Take morning medications as usual, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
  • Take these with a small sip of water only and as early in the morning as possible.
  • Brush teeth and rinse in the morning before the surgery
  • NOT smoke from midnight before the surgery
  • Wear loosing fitting, comfortable clothing and sensible shoes (no high heels or flip flops)
  • Remove all jewelry, including earrings, tongue studs, rings and belly rings
  • Remove nail polish from fingernails and leave contact lenses at home.
A responsible adult must accompany you and remain in our office to receive home care instructions. Following completion of the surgery and recovery period, the responsible person must drive you home or accompany you in a taxi. A responsible adult must remain with you to care for you throughout the next 24 hours.

If you are taking birth control pills and antibiotics are prescribed or administered, please be aware that the effectiveness of the birth control pill may be compromised. Therefore, other methods of birth control must be employed throughout the next complete cycle.

NOTE: We recommend parking in the adjacent parking lot for each office location:
  • If your appointment is at the Mississauga site, please use the Credit Valley Hospital Parking. Vehicles parked in the Erin Mills Town Centre or in no parking zones around the medical building are frequently ticketed or towed.
  • Anesthetic fees are based on units of time. If a vehicle has to be brought from a remote location, the extra time involved may affect the anesthetic fee