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Water before wisdom teeth surgery ?

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I'm getting all four wisdom teeth taken out on Wednesday at 3:40pm. I'll be going to work that day, the oral surgeon told me I couldn't eat or drink anything 8 hours before the surgery. The nurse said that since I'm waking up early for work, I could have something light for breakfast like toast and a bit of juice.

My question is, since I'll be at work till about 12 - 1pm, is chewing gum or sipping on some apple juice okay? I will get shaky if I go the whole morning without eating anything.

What about water, am I not supposed to drink any at all during the day? On the paper he gave me it says I can have 1/2 a cup for the Valium 40 minutes before the surgery. But what if I get thirsty during the morning?
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replied April 20th, 2010
Hi, I recently got three wisdom teeth taken out. I was under general anesthesia and was told no food/water 8 hours before the surgery (I still had to take 4 antibiotics an hour before the surgery with a tiny sip of water, but that's all I had) I was very nervous about taking in any fluids before the surgery. I was lucky though, because my surgery was at 6 AM, so I just slept through it.

I would recommend that you do not take any food/fluids at all 8 hours before the surgery. I looked into the reasons for this and it seems that there's a chance you could aspirate while under general anesthesia. I don't know too much about it, but it's basically when food comes back up and 'goes down the wrong pipe' you could get food/liquid in your lungs which could cause infection or other serious problems.

If you're feeling shaky at work, I would just go home early and rest.. better to not risk it.
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