Before Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide

Instructions for patients undergoing local anesthesia, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) 


Please follow these instructions to prepare for oral surgery with LOCAL/ NITROUS OXIDE, oral (children and adult) anesthesia: 

  • You may have a light meal   (oatmeal, cereal, toast with a small glass of juice) 2-4 hours before your scheduled appointment. 
  • Take all your regular medications unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Portnof . Please advise Dr. Portnof if you take any blood thinners or medications for diabetes.
  • If you have diabetes, you must have your normal diet before surgery. Also, please schedule your surgery early in the morning.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and short sleeves to allow the placement of the safety monitoring equipment (for example, the blood pressure cuff).
  • You may drive yourself home after surgery. You will not need an escort or any special arrangement to get home.

FOR FEMALE PATIENTS ONLY: If you are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or breastfeeding, please inform Dr. Portnof . Surgery and anesthesia may potentially complicate the pregnancy or harm the fetus. Please contact your physician if you wish to rule out pregnancy before surgery.

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