Our goal is to provide you with a safe surgical environment in which you are comfortable with and the surgeon can concentrate on the operation. For us, it is important that the patient does not feel pain, does not move, and maintains stable vital signs within a normal range (heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure and blood oxygen level.)
With this in mind we offer IV sedation (Conscious sedation) or Twilight Anesthesia, which is safe and effective and it is used in procedures where relaxation is required but not unconsciousness. Anesthetic medication is given through an intravenous (IV) line; we monitor your comfort level and increase or decrease medication as needed.
General Anesthesia is another method for deeper anesthesia. As a patient you are unconscious and you do not see, hear or feel anything. You will wake up with a certain amount of amnesia. Hence you don’t remember any event during the procedure. Anesthetic medication is also given through an intravenous line and we increase or decrease medications as needed.
The difference between IV sedation and General Anesthesia is that IV sedation will relax you but you will be awake during the procedure. With General Anesthesia you will be completely out.
We also offer Oral sedation which only uses oral medications and sometimes nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This technique can be utilized with patients that have mild anxiety and fear. Children as well as adults can benefit from this state of conscious sedation. However, oral sedation is not recommended for very young children.
Our staff will be monitoring for changes in heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen blood levels and heart rhythm with an EKG monitor and other available equipment.
At your initial consultation, we will discuss anesthesia for your procedure(s). Since our highly trained staff of surgeons receives formalized training for anesthesia and advanced life support, we will be able to perform your surgical procedures in our offices using anesthesia that we discuss thoroughly with you prior to the procedure.
We will carefully review your overall medical history and discuss the various options for anesthesia. All procedures include a local anesthetic which is numbing only the area we are working on. IV Sedation or General Anesthesia will require you to fast, (no food or drink) for a number of hours prior to the surgery, however, regular medications for things such as heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure disorder, thyroid disorder, gastric reflux, asthma, and other medications should be taken with a small amount of water even if it is within the time frame you’ve been advised to refrain from eating or drinking prior to surgery unless instructed otherwise.
ou should also wear loose and comfortable clothing (to allow us to place monitoring equipment on you) and arrange for a responsible adult to take you home (after recovery) and stay with you for upwards of twenty four hours following anesthesia. This adult needs to stay in the waiting room the entire time the surgeon is performing the procedure. It is also imperative that you not have lotions, makeup or other substances on your face prior to anesthetizing.
Since anesthesia in our offices is similar to that you would be receiving if you were having “same day surgery” at a hospital, there is a recovery period which will vary depending on the anesthesia we determine is best suited to your needs. It is important to remember not to operate heavy equipment or drive for at least twenty-four hours after any anesthesia and monitor how you feel and advise us immediately if you have any complications (or suspect complications).
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