If you are receiving general anesthesia as part of your procedure, there are several steps that you will need to take prior to your scheduled appointment. Dr. Maung Maung Ryan Thaw and our team will provide you with detailed instructions. We have also made those instructions available on this page, and will be happy to answer any questions you have. Call Dixon Landing Family Dental Care at 408-942-7791 if you have any questions about what to do before general anesthesia or to make an appointment with our caring dentist in Milpitas, California.

Prior to Your Surgery

Before you can receive general anesthesia, you must:

  • Begin fasting at midnight the night before surgery if your appointment is in the morning. If you have an afternoon appointment, do not eat anything for 8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • While fasting, drink only clear fluids (such as water, apple juice, black coffee, and sports drinks). Do NOT drink alcohol, orange juice, creamer, milk, or other opaque liquids.
  • Do NOT drink any fluids within 6 hours of surgery.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products within 24 hours of your appointment. Do not drink or smoke for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Do not take any of the following medications for at least 2 days prior to your procedure: MAO inhibitors, anti-depressants, aspirin, anti-coagulants, and anti-inflammatories.

If you take any of the following medications, you may continue to take them with a small sip of water prior to surgery:

  • Cardiac medications
  • Pulmonary medications
  • Steroids
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Anti-Parkinson’s medications

The Day of Surgery

  • If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must be present for the extent of your surgery.
  • ALL patients must have someone available to drive them home following their procedure.
  • Brush your teeth as usual, but make sure not to swallow any water or toothpaste.
  • Do not wear makeup or nail polish to your appointment
  • Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry, or dentures to your surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shows. Shirts with ¾ sleeve or shorter are idea.
  • We recommend that you have someone available to stay with you for at least 12 hours after your procedure.

Please remember that you will not be fully aware after your procedure. You will not be able to return to work or school, and cannot drive or operate heavy machinery or other hazardous devices. You will also need assistance when climbing stairs or attempting other difficult tasks.

If you have any changes in your health the morning of your appointment, contact our office immediately. A cold or fever with chest or sinus congestion can have a dangerous affect on your procedure. If necessary, we can reschedule your appointment.