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Before Surgery

What to Do Before Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Pre-Operative Instructions for Sedation Patients

  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything eight (8) hours prior to surgery, including water.


Specific instructions for children should be obtained from an oral surgeon in the Austin area.

  • If you take medications in the morning on a regular basis, please take these medications with a small sip of water, unless you have been instructed otherwise.
  • You will need a responsible adult to accompany you to the appointment, drive you home after the procedure, and care for you at home.
  • We recommend stocking up on cold, soft items for the day of surgery such as pudding, ice cream, yogurt, applesauce, and Jell-O. You may also want to stock up on warm, soft items for the day after surgery such as soups, pasta, potatoes, and oatmeal.
  • Remove any fingernail polish before your orthognathic surgery in Texas.
  • Do not wear contact lenses to your appointment, unless they are extended wear.
  • Wear two-piece, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Please do not wear dresses, overalls, or one-piece outfits.

For patients requiring driving escorts:

Your surgical procedure will not be performed if your escort/driver is not present at the time of check-in. It is our office policy to require the escort of the patient to remain on the premises during the patient’s entire stay in our office.