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How do I prepare for my upcoming dental sedation appointment?

Do you have an upcoming dental sedation appointment? If so, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. In today's post our Vancouver dentists offer a few guidelines on how to prepare for your next dental sedation appointment.

Although your dentist will supply you with specific instructions for your upcoming sedation appointment, we thought it might help to know a few of the basics ahead of time. The instructions below are general guidelines, for people who are scheduled to undergo dental treatment with general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation.  

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming dental treatment, please be sure to contact your dental office. At South Granville Dentistry in Vancouver our team of dental professionals are always happy to answer our patient's questions so that they are well informed about their oral health, and treatment.

General Instructions for Dental Sedation Patients

Please take a few moments to read through the following instructions carefully. Your safety is our number one priority! You may find it helpful to print these instructions and keep them handy as a reference while you prepare for your upcoming sedation appointment.

No Food & Drink

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your dental appointment. This includes water! If you need to take medications, take them as usual but with only a small sip of water to wash them down. If you do not follow these instructions exactly your dentist will need to reschedule your treatment. 

Appointment Day Guidelines

Arrange to have a responsible adult bring you to your appointment, and drive you home after your appointment. Driving is not safe following dental sedation.

It's a good idea to leave your contact lenses at home if possible. If you must wear contact lenses to your appointment you will need to bring a case to store them in since they will need to be removed before your treatment.

If you wear dentures they too should be left at home if possible. If you are unable to leave your dentures at home, please bring along a container to store them in during your treatment.


If you begin to experience cold or flu symptoms, or become ill, it is very important that you notify the dental office as soon as possible! We will lose two appointments if you do not cancel in time for us to reschedule other appointments: yours, and the one we might have booked in your place if you had provided us with sufficient notice. Giving us time to reschedule someone else's appointment into your time slot means we are able provide patients with the care they need as quickly as possible.

Do you have questions about your upcoming dental sedation appointment at South Granville Dentistry? Please contact us, our team is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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