Pre-Anesthesia Instructions


For your safety, ALL of these instructions must be strictly followed prior to commencing anesthesia. Neglecting any of these items may be cause to cancel that day’s treatment. You will be required to watch an online video presentation through EMMI Solutions. This will be set up for you by email from Dr. McCarty's administrative office. Dr. McCarty is available for questions at any time by contacting us @ 617.913.3363. Thank you and we look forward to caring for you and/or your family member!

EATING AND DRINKING: It is imperative that the patient undergoing I.V. anesthesia has an empty stomach. Patients with morning appointments should not have anything to eat or drink from midnight the night before. Patients with afternoon appointments should not have anything to eat for 8 hours prior to the appointment and may drink clear liquids ( i.e. apple juice and water, NO MILK) up to 3 hours prior to the appointment.

CHANGE IN HEALTH: A change in health, especially the development of a cold or fever with congestion of the nose and/or chest is very important. Congestion of the nose and/or chest may compromise the airway. Please notify Dr. McCarty and your Dentist of any change in the patient’s health. It may be necessary to reschedule the appointment.

DESIGNATE A DRIVER: A responsible adult must accompany and provide transportation home after the procedure. It is recommended that they remain in the office during the procedures. Arrange to have a responsible adult with the patient until the next day to provide care as needed.

STREET DRUGS: The use of "illicit drugs” (cocaine, heroin, etc) is strictly forbidden prior to anesthesia and until full recovery is achieved. Literature has reported serious and potentially lethal complications when “street drugs” and anesthetic agents are mixed. 

The Day of Surgery

CLOTHING: Wear short sleeves, flat shoes and warm comfortable pants. DO NOT wear nail polish or excessive makeup. No contact lenses. Leave valuables at home. For children, bring a change of clothing and a small blanket. For children this ideally means avoiding a "onesie" or anytime of legging which also covers the feet.

MEDICATION: Take any prescription medications as instructed by Dr. McCarty during prior phone consultas directed, unless otherwise instructed by your physician and/or Dr. McCarty.

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the dental office at least 10 minutes prior to the appointment time. This will allow you time to use the restroom prior to sedation and treatment.

AT THE OFFICE: After a brief examination in the dentist’s office, an intravenous line will be started. An uncooperative child will be given an injection in the arm or leg that will render them sleepy and cooperative for the placement of the I.V. Medications will be given via the I.V.. For the optimal safety of the all patients, state of the art monitors will be placed to continuously evaluate the status of the heart and lungs from the beginning of treatment until recovered for discharge. Each anesthetic is individualized for the specific patient, medications administered, dosages and recovery times vary.

LEAVING THE OFFICE: Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia, a patient must have a responsible adult to accompany them to their overnight destination. A patient will not be allowed to leave the office by taxi or bus without a responsible adult.