St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial SurgerySt. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Richard W. Weber Sr., DDS
Robert R. Stemme, DDS
Richard W. Weber Jr., MD, DDS
Timothy M. Weber, MD, DMD
Brent L. Kincaid, DDS

Pre-operative instructions

Your surgeon will explain your options for anesthesia and recommend the best for your procedure and situation. While local anesthesia (such as is used by your dentist) will suffice in many cases, our office offers general anesthesia for more complicated procedures, such as wisdom tooth removal, implant treatment, multiple extractions and removal of infected teeth. If you are unsure as to which type of anesthesia you desire, we suggest you prepare for general anesthesia so you can keep your options open.

Please follow the instructions related to the type of anesthesia you will be undergoing. If you have any questions, please call our office prior to your visit.

General instructions:

  • Your mouth and teeth should be clean prior to surgery. Please brush and floss before your appointment.

  • Patients under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, preferably with short sleeves. Do not wear a tight collar or necktie.

  • Plan for a soft food diet (such as lukewarm soup, ice cream, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta) for a day or two following surgery.

  • If you are taking prescription medications, you may take them on your regular schedule with a small sip of water. Anticoagulant medications (such as Coumadin and Plavix) may need to be stopped for a period of time before surgery; please contact your medical doctor for specific instructions related to these types of medications.

Patients having general anesthesia or IV sedation:

  • Follow all general instructions (above).

  • Do NOT eat or drink anything (including water) for 6 hours prior to surgery. A sip of water is allowed to take your normal medications.

  • Bring a responsible adult to remain in the office during your surgery and drive you home.

  • Plan accordingly; no driving or strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

  • The profound effects of the anesthesia will wear off approximately 30 minutes following surgery, after which you will be discharged from our office. However, because of the residual effects of the medication, you should plan to go home and remain in bed for the remainder of the day.

  • No dark fingernail polish.

Patients having local anesthesia or nitrous oxide:

  • Follow all general instructions (above).

  • You may eat a light meal prior to your surgical appointment.

  • You may drive yourself home, although you may wish to bring a driver.





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St. Luke’s Doctors’ Office Building North
222 S. Woods Mill Road, Suite 720
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(314) 434-0493
FAX (314) 434-7883
Sunset Hills Professional Building
11810 Gravois Road, Suite 102
St. Louis, MO 63127
(314) 842-5340
FAX (314) 849-9567
Barnes St. Peters Hospital Campus
6 Jungerman Circle, Suite 202
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 928-1222
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