Post-Op Anesthesia Instructions

It is imperative that you DO NOT drive a car or operate machinery while taking medications or recovering from the general anesthesia or IV sedation. After sleep dentistry, your judgement will be impaired. You must be under direct supervision for the first six (6) hours after you receive general anesthesia or IV sedation. It is normal to feel tired, forgetful, and groggy.

The following instructions are designed to help you during your recovery period.

After having general anesthesia, we recommend clear liquids first (such as 7-Up, water, apple juice). If you continue to feel hungry, this may be followed by soft foods (such as ice cream, Jello, pudding, malts) for the first 24-hours.

After the initial 24-hour period maintain a soft diet (soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, soft chicken, soft fish) for 2-3 days and then gradually progress to solid foods as tolerated.

Avoid foods like popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, or rice.

If you are diabetic, maintain your normal diet as much as possible and follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your insulin schedule.

Nausea:

The medications used during and after surgery may cause nausea. If nauseated, avoid milk and other dairy products and try to drink clear liquids in small quantities, until symptoms resolve. If nausea continues, please contact us.

Fever:

A low-grade fever is not uncommon after surgery. It is usually a sign of insufficient liquid intake. Please remember to drink sufficient amounts of clear liquids to keep your body hydrated.

Bruising:

This may occur on the arm or hand, near the site of intravenous injection. It is very common to have minor bruising. If the arm is inflamed or tender for the first day, apply an ice pack for 30 minutes. If inflammation or tenderness does not resolve on the second day, please contact us.

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