Before Anesthesia Directives to follow before receiving anesthesia All patients should observe these protocols: No smoking for at least 12 hours prior to surgery. No eating or drinking for at least 8 hours before surgery. You must be accompanied to the procedure by a spouse, partner, friend or neighbor, who will then drive you home after the procedure is completed. You should not drive for at least 24 hours. Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry or dentures. Review your daily medications with your dentist. Be sure you can take medications on the day of the procedure.