Before IV/General Anesthesia

For all surgeries, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.  Tops/shirts should have sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow.  Females should remove nail polish before surgery, wear low-heeled shoes, and apply as little makeup as possible.  Medications are given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation and/or loss of consciousness.  There will be very little, if any, recall of the events surrounding surgery.


  • Do not eat or drink anything for eight (8) hours prior to surgery.  However , it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) as directed by Dr. Lawhorn or any pre-medication prescription that we have provided, using only a small sip of water.
  • No Smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery.  Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • For morning appointments, skip breakfast.
  • For afternoon appointments, eat a light breakfast eight (8) hours before your appointment and skip lunch.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed prior to the time of surgery.  This includes all earrings and facial or intraoral piercings.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach/bowel upset, etc. please notify our office as soon as possible prior to your surgery date.
         This is especially important for children who are going to IV or General Anesthesia.
  • Plan to rest for several hours after surgery.  Do not drive a car, operate power tools, machinery, or make any important business, financial, or other decisions for 24 hours after surgery.

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