What To Expect

At The Center of Surgical Arts we would like to ensure that you and your child receive the best care possible while having dental surgery performed at our facility.

When you arrive at our office, you will check in and fill out any remaining paperwork for your child. Our Registered Nurse will then do a health assessment on your child to make sure they are healthy and ready for surgery. The dental surgeon and anesthesiologist will explain the procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have for your child. Once your questions have been answered, you will accompany your child to the operating room. For the duration of the surgical procedure, you will be asked to wait in our waiting area. When the procedure is over you will be called back in to be there with your child when they wake up out of anesthesia. Most children are safe to be discharged 30 minutes after their surgery.

We suggest packing a day bag for your child with his/her favorite toy, blanket, and/or stuffed animal, along with a change of clothes. Please be prepared to spend anywhere from 3-5 hours at The Center of Surgical arts, and pack something to occupy yourself with while your child is in surgery.

Guidelines for Oral Intake on Surgical Patients

Breast-Fed Infants: May nurse until 4 hours prior to surgery; then clear liquids until 2 hours prior to surgery; then nothing by mouth.
(ie. Surgery @ 8:00 am – Nurse until 4am, then water/apple juice until 6am, then nothing)
Formula-Fed Infants: May have formula or other milk up to 6 hours prior to surgery; then clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to surgery; then nothing by mouth.
(ie. Surgery @ 10:00 am – Bottle until 4am, then juice/water until 8am, then nothing)
Toddlers and Older: May have solid foods up to 8 hours prior to surgery; (prefer nothing after midnight), then clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to surgery; then nothing.
(ie. Surgery @ 1:00 pm – may eat cereal up until 5am, then juice/water until 11am, then nothing)
Clear Liquids
Popsicle, Jell-o, Sprite, Kool-aid, Apple Juice, or any other juice you can see though if held up to a light source; water, broth, Gatorade, etc.

NO GUM, NO HARD CANDY, NO SUCK CANDIES, NO MINTS. NOTHING BY MOUTH 2 HOURS PRIOR TO THEIR SURGERY.