Pre-Anesthesia Instructions

Drinking and Eating

Do NOT have ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK for eight (8) hours before your scheduled dental procedure.  During anesthesia the muscles above the stomach can relax, releasing stomach contents into the lungs.  This can lead to serious complications including death.  You may have CLEAR liquids only, up to two (4) hours before your procedure.  Examples of clear liquids include water, apple juice, or Gatorade.  Patients consuming food, MILK, orange juice or other non-clear liquids within eight (8) hours will be rescheduled.


Loose clothing with short sleeves is desirable, as are two-piece outfits, to allow easy monitor placement.  Contact lenses must be removed before the appointment.  Do not wear fingernail polish the day of appointment.

Change in Health

Please inform NOBA of any change in your health prior to your appointment.  The development of a cold or fever can increase the risks of anesthesia.  Sick patients will be rescheduled for safety reasons.


Please follow your regular schedule of medications unless otherwise directed by “our team”.  Medications may be taken with only a small sip of water.

Accompanied by an Adult

A responsible adult must accompany all anesthesia patients to and from the appointment. A responsible adult must drive the patient home and stay with the patient throughout the rest of the day.  (Buses or cabs are unacceptable)

Questions or Concerns

Please expect a call from the anesthesiologist the night before the appointment to answer any questions or concerns. Please contact our office if you have any other questions or concerns: 615.669.5121

For Patients: 615.933.6652

Please have your physician fill out and return the Medical Evaluation prior to your appointment