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 or Dr. Amundson . Please advise Drs. Portnof or Amundson 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 Drs. Portnof or Amundson . 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.

If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Portnof or Dr. Amundson: