Before your oral surgery procedure

  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat or stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • Take all of your regular medications with a minimal amount of water unless you are instructed to do other wise by a Dr. Harris in this office or your primary medical doctor.


  • You may not have anything to eat or drink for 8 hours before your appointment.  For morning surgery,  no food or liquids after midnight the night before surgery.  Water only may be taken up to 4 hours before surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the surgery day.  The patient should not drive a vehicle, operate any machinery or make important decisions for 24 hours following intravenous sedation.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and closed toe shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed before surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • The use of alcohol or recreational drugs can have an adverse effect on the anesthesia medications that we use.  Please discontinue the use of such for at least 72 hours before your procedure.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Harris prior to your surgical date for instructions.


  • If you are diabetic, please check your blood sugar the morning of your procedure and bring your blood sugar kit to the office.
  • If you require a clearance from another doctor, please call the office prior to your procedure to make sure it has arrived.
  • DO NOT stop any medications including blood thinners that you normally take unless directed by Dr. Harris.
  • If you are asthmatic, please bring your inhaler to your appointment.