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For what reasons shouldn't you eat before sedation?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pulmonary aspiration

Since you are unable to control your gag reflex, if you eat something before surgery your stomach contents could regurgitate into your lungs.

In brief: Pulmonary aspiration

Since you are unable to control your gag reflex, if you eat something before surgery your stomach contents could regurgitate into your lungs.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sedation

To avoid vomiting & aspiration, which rarely happens from sedatives.

In brief: Sedation

To avoid vomiting & aspiration, which rarely happens from sedatives.
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Dr. Max Arocha
Dentistry

In brief: Side effect

As of 2014 the general guidelines for IV sedation dentistry are as follow: no solid food for six (6) hours prior to the procedure.
All patients may have clear liquids until two (2) hours before the procedure. Diabetic patients will get special instructions as far as food intake is concerned. This is due to possible postsedation rare (less than 1%) side effect of nausea & vomiting.

In brief: Side effect

As of 2014 the general guidelines for IV sedation dentistry are as follow: no solid food for six (6) hours prior to the procedure.
All patients may have clear liquids until two (2) hours before the procedure. Diabetic patients will get special instructions as far as food intake is concerned. This is due to possible postsedation rare (less than 1%) side effect of nausea & vomiting.
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