Jason Erasmus - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Christchurch, New Zealand

Before IV Sedation

Pre-operative instructions:

  1. Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your surgery. This precaution is necessary to avoid the risk of vomiting during or after surgery. You should, however, take all usual medications with a small amount of water.
  2. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle during the initial 24 hours following your surgery.  This means a responsible person will need to take you home. It is fine to use a taxi, but you must still have a responsible person to accompany you. Travelling alone after sedation is not appropriate.
  3. Please arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the initial six hours following surgery
  4. No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  5. Please wear comfortable, warm loose fitting clothes with loose sleeves and wear low-heeled shoes.
  6. Please do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  7. If you wish, you may bring a favourite cd or i-pod to be played as background music during your surgery.
  8. Please do not take herbal medication such as arnica for 2 weeks prior to your surgery, as it could cause excessive bleeding during your surgery.
  9. If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  10. If you take routine oral medications, please check with Mr. Erasmus prior to your surgery for instructions.