Pre-operative Instructions

It is extremely important that you follow these instructions prior to your appointment for surgery.


  1. No food or drink within six (6) hours of your appointment

    If your appointment is in the morning, do not have anything to eat or drink from midnight the night prior to your appointment day. If your appointment is in the afternoon, you should have a light breakfast in the morning, as long as you finish your meal six (6) hours prior to your appointment. A small amount of water may be used to take any necessary medications. Unless specified by your dentist, all medicines taken on a routine basis should be continued without interruption.

  2. Wear short sleeves for your appointment

    Short sleeves are necessary for IV access. Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in and remove glasses and contact lenses. Please do not wear dark nail polish nor acrylic nails.

  3. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice the day of surgery

    This fruit has been shown to affect the metabolism of many medications, increasing the risk of toxicity and adverse effects.

  4. If pregnancy is suspected, procedure should be cancelled

    Sedation medications can affect the unborn child.

  5. NO alcohol the day before or after surgery
  6. NO driving the day of your appointment

    You will be sedated during your appointment. A responsible adult (18 years or older) needs to drive you to the appt, stay in the building, and drive you home. Post-operative instructions will be given to the driver.

  7. If you have any questions concerning any of the instructions above, please call the office

    We will be happy to answer any questions you have to help ensure you have a successful appointment. If you are not able to follow these instructions we will not be able to administer sedation or complete the planned treatment.

I was referred to Dr. Johnson to have my wisdom teeth extracted about 4 years ago. I was very nervous about the procedure due to my fear of needles and anything dental related. The thought of being sedated was a little overwhelming for me. On the day of surgery the scariest part for me was starting the IV and I really didn’t even feel it. I do not remember anything during surgery and am pleased to say after following his very detailed instructions for at home care I had very little pain or discomfort. During this whole experience, I discovered how interesting dentistry was. As soon as I got home I researched how to become a dental assistant and long story short, I got the amazing opportunity to start working for him less than a year later. I have had the privilege to have him as my personal dentist and teacher. I had the chance to work for him for about 2 years before having to move for my husbands job. I never would have thought that going to the dentist would end in a career choice. I can honestly say he is a great Doctor and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

- Linda