Before your operation, there are some instructions you may find helpful when preparing for your oral and maxillofacial surgery in St. Louis, St. Peters, and Chesterfield, Missouri. Because the majority of our procedures are performed under some form of sedative, we ask that you review the following pages, and the information below:
- Before Anesthesia – Please have a designated driver to accompany you to our office and back home. Also, remove any dark fingernail polish, take any prescribed pills, and do not eat or drink anything, except water, for 8 hours prior to your appointment. If you need anti-nausea medication, this is often called into your pharmacy prior to your procedure and should be taken 1-2 hours before your appointment. Do not wear any jewelry, contact lenses, or dentures. Also, discuss any medications you are taking with our oral and maxillofacial surgeons prior to your procedure.
- Sedation – Please have a designated driver to accompany you to our practice and back home, unless you only received nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Also, remove any dark fingernail polish, take any prescribed pills, and do not eat or drink anything, except water, for 6 hours prior to your appointment.
- Anti-Nausea -This prescribed medication is often called into your pharmacy prior to your procedure, and it should be taken1-2 hours before your appointment.
- Steroids – These are usually called in several days prior to your appointment; however, you will not take them until the morning of your procedure.
For more information about our pre-operative procedures, please contact St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with questions or concerns. Drs. Stemme, Weber, Weber, Kincaid, and Carn, and their team want to ensure that you have all the necessary information to give you the best chances at a successful treatment and quick recovery.