pre-visit general anesthesia instructions



Pre-Visit General Anesthesia Instructions


We have recommended deep sedation or general anesthesia sedation for your child’s dental procedures. The medicines will be selected based upon your child’s overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.  You, as parent/ legal guardian, play a key role in your child’s dental care.  Children often perceive a parent’s anxiety and can make them more fearful.  They tolerate procedures best when their parents understand what to expect and prepare them for the experience.  If you have any questions about the general anesthesia process, please discuss with the dental team.  As you become more confident, so will your child.

Be aware that you will be in the office for at least 2-4 hours on date of surgery. Arrival time IS NOT surgery start time.You will be taken through the surgery check in process at your arrival time. Please be aware that all patients recover at their own rate, many of our surgical patients have complex medical needs, and not all surgical needs are known prior to surgery. The doctors will NOT rush to remain on time on surgery day. The safety of each patient (including your child) is of top priority on the date of surgery and safety will not be compromised in an effort to keep to a time schedule.  


For your child’s safety, you must follow the instructions below.


Before your child’s sedation appointment:


The Night Before Surgery


  • Have a regular meal with fluids (water) at a reasonable me (before 10:00PM- *** unless advised otherwise by the anesthesiologist).



  • MEDICATIONS should be taken/postponed as directed by the Anesthesiologist.


Medication Instructions:

  • Call our office ASAP if your child has any new medications or changes to medications before the date of surgery

  • Take regularly scheduled medications as instructed by the dental team and anesthesiologist


The Day of Surgery



  • BRING an EXTRA set of clothes

  • Dress appropriately: 

  • HAIR 

    • Long hair to be tied back low on the head.

    • NO Braids.

  • NO Jewelry (Earrings, finger rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches)

  • NO Valuables

  • Arrange for TWO adults to be present for your child's discharge.

  • At least ONE parent/legal guardian must remain at the office during the procedure.

  • NO other children should be brought to the appointment. 

The Anesthesiologist reserves the right to cancel the scheduled surgical appointment for any reason that may jeopardize the safety of the anesthetic procedure

Questions or not sure about something? Call the office at 520-775-1245

You may download a PDF copy of these instructions below: 


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Phone: (520) 775-1245

Location: 6970 N. Oracle Road Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85704


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