Pre and Post Op FAQs

How do I submit my paperwork to you?

Please print, complete, and submit your paperwork to us no later than 72 hours prior to your appointment. You can submit it you us via email at or drop it off in person if you prefer. If you have any problems with either option, please contact our office at 575-339-2155; we are happy to help. 

Can I eat or Drink before my surgery?

Do NOT eat or drink anything at least six (8) hours before your surgery if you plan on having IV or oral sedation. This includes coffee or water. If you forget, please inform us immediately. It is potentially life-threatening to proceed with your surgery and is not worth the risk.

All regularly prescribed medications can be taken after surgery.

Can I smoke before my surgery?

Do NOT smoke, vape, dabbing or otherwise; a minimum of 12 hours before your surgery. These substances inhibit normal healing and can cause increased swelling and discomfort during the initial healing phase following surgery.

Will I need someone to drive me?


We advise patients to make arrangements for transportation to and from our office with a relative or close friend if receiving any form of sedation. Sedation will impair one’s ability to drive, move, and think clearly. We will provide you with all the information you need to know before your surgery to help you understand how sedation will affect you both during and after your procedure.

If you are not receiving a form of sedation you may drive yourself.

What do I need to bring for my surgery?

Come prepared with the preoperative instruction given to you by the doctor. Wear comfortable clothing. Do not wear contact lenses or makeup such as mascara or jewelry. The fewer accessories, the better. If you have questions about piercings or other concerns, ask us in advance. If you are having a surgery that IV sedation will be used please be aware that we will need arm access for the IV as well as access to the torso in order to place ECG leads.

Im a female patient, does that matter? YES...

If you are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or breastfeeding, please disclose this in your paperwork or speak with the doctor directly. Potential complications of the pregnancy or harm to the fetus can be avoided with proactive action. Please contact your physician if you wish to rule out pregnancy before surgery. If breastfeeding, you will need to discard breast milk for the next 24 hours after surgery with IV anesthesia. Often times it is advisable to delay surgery in order to reduce the risk to the fetus.

Do I have to have the IV sedation?

No, you don’t have to have IV sedation. We offer surgery with only local anesthesia (just the shots), nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (take a pill to help you chill), and IV sedation. We have many options.

Can I be completely knocked out I don't want to remember anything?

Sedation is a sliding scale where on one end, you are fully awake and sober, much like you are right now reading this, and on the other end, you are in a hospital connected to a machine that breathes for you. The IV sedation that we can safely provide for you allows you to continue to breathe on your own and follow simple instructions. The medications we place in your IV help you to forget the procedure and oftentimes patients dont rememer anything about the surgery.

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What should I expect after surgery?

You should expect to take the day the entire day off of work and/or school. Do not operate an automobile or any other equipment or machinery. Do not plan to be solely responsible for children or make important personal or business decisions. Sedation medications can remain active in your system for up to 48 hours and much longer depending on your age. It is highly recommended that you do not drive or operate dangerous equipment for at least 48 hours.

Depending on the difficulty of your specific surgery you may have one or all of the following normal post operative healing conditions.

Normal post operative healing includes:



Jaw Stiffness


We will provide you with additional postoperative instructions as well as contact information for the doctor if you have any questions after your surgery or after-surgery care.

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Monday - Thursday

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Friday - Sunday

Emergency Only

Our Location

2701 Missouri Ave

Suite E

Las Cruces, NM 88011

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