For Patients

Any procedure can be a highly stressful experience. Local anesthetic injections are often insufficient for office-based procedures, and you may still experience significant discomfort or pain. We are here to get you though this period, and we can tailor an appropriate anesthesia plan for any procedure to alleviate pain, anxiety, discomfort, nausea, and other symptoms you may experience through a caring, thorough, and personalized approach.

Your health care provider has plenty to think about while performing a procedure in the office. Our attention is undivided, and we are singularly focused on watching over your well-being and safety before, during, and after the procedure, allowing your doctor to focus his or her attention and skills that require his or her expertise.

We are happy to speak with you further and available for an initial consultation to explain our process and understand your needs.

Instructions for Anesthesia

The Day Before Your Procedure

  • In advance of your procedure, your anesthesiologist should have reviewed which medications to take and discontinue.

    The Morning of Your Procedure

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure even if your procedure is scheduled later in the day. The only exceptions are medications that are routinely taken in the morning and have been discussed with your anesthesiologist. Medications can be taken with a small sip of water.
  • Please let your anesthesiologist or other health care providers know of any changes to your health since last speaking with them including fever or vomiting.
  • Please bring a container and be prepared to remove dentures, retainers, contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids, and other prosthetic devices when you arrive at our center.
  • Please do not wear makeup or jewelry.
  • Please have a chaperone available to drive you home at the end of your procedure. You will not be able to drive for the rest of the day.

    The period after your procedure

  • You will be brought to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) following your procedure and will remain there until your anesthesiologist feels you have sufficiently recovered from the anesthesia. Please be prepared to stay for several hours.
  • You may have pain, nausea, vomiting, or other unpleasant symptoms following anesthesia. These are normal physiological changes, and your anesthesiologist will do his or her best to keep you as comfortable as possible. Should you require medications to control any of these symptoms once you return home, your anesthesiologist or doctor performing the procedure will provide you with a prescription for medications. If your recovery is slower than expected, you may be admitted to the hospital for closer observation.
  • When you are ready to resume eating, try starting with clear fluids such as water, tea, coffee, or juices that do not contain pulp. If you tolerate this diet, advance to soft foods such as gelatin, ice cream, or yogurt.
  • Avoid performing any strenuous activities on the advice of your doctors. You may feel lightheaded after anesthesia so be careful while you walk or stand to avoid falling.

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