Anesthesia

 

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING YOUR ANESTHESIA

You will always be given local anesthesia for your surgery, but you may choose any of the supplemental anesthetics listed below.  Each of them requires different preparation on your part and for your safety, it is important that you read and follow the instructions carefully.  If you are unclear about any of these directions, please ask your doctor for clarification.

LOCAL ANESTHESIA:

    1. Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery.

    2. For more extensive procedures, you may wish to have someone drive you home.

    3. Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery.

ORAL PREMEDICATION:

    1. Take the prescribed pill as directed before surgery.

    2. Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery, UNLESS you are also having an IV Anesthetic. (See IV Anesthesia below).

    3. You MUST have someone drive you to and from the office..

    4. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., or plan to work or make business decisions while under the influence of sedation.

NITROUS OXIDE:

    1. Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery, UNLESS you are also having an IV anesthetic. (See IV Anesthesia below).

    2. A driver must take you home after surgery.  You will be required to wait in the office until fully recovered from the effects of nitrous oxide.

    3. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.

IV ANESTHESIA/GENERAL ANESTHESIA:

    1. NOTHING to eat or drink, including water for eight (8) hours prior to surgeryTO DO OTHERWISE MAY BE LIFE-THREATENING!    It is still important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any prescription that we may have provided, using only small sips of water.

    2. Please wear shirt/blouse with sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow.

    3. Please remove contact lenses and remove any nail polish.

    4. For morning appointments, skip breakfast.

    5. For afternoon appointments, it is important to eat a light breakfast eight(8) hours before your appointment, then skip lunch.

    6. You MUST have someone drive you home after surgery.

    7. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., or plan to work or make business decisions while under the influence of sedation.

If you prefer to listen to your own music during the procedure, you may bring a cassette or CD player with mini earphones.

Our goal is to provide you with a safe, pleasant and effective anesthetic.  In order to do this it is imperative that we have your full cooperation.  Please feel free to call us with any questions concerning your surgery or anesthetic.