Who will provide anesthesia?

The anesthesia will be provided by a Dentist Anesthesiologist or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. It is your anesthesia provider’s job to keep you safe and comfortable during surgery and during recovery from anesthesia. The anesthesia provider never leaves your side until you are safe and stable in the recovery area.

How safe is general anesthesia?

General anesthesia itself is exceptionally safe. Most healthy patients do not have any problems with general anesthesia, aside from small problems like being tired after, sore throat or cough, and nausea.

How will I be monitored?

Your anesthesia provider will always monitor your heart rhythm, blood pressure, the amount of oxygen in your blood, the carbon dioxide that you exhale, your respiratory rate and temperature. These parameters and general visual appearance are monitored during the entire procedure.

What are the eating guidelines before surgery?

PO is a medical abbreviation for “nothing by mouth”. It is very important to adhere to the fasting guidelines established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. If your stomach is not empty, you may vomit and aspirate stomach contents into your lungs. For this reason, we recommend to not consume food after midnight. However, if the surgery is late in the day, you may eat as indicated in the table below. Additionally, please avoid breath mints and chewing gum. If criteria is not followed, your procedure may be postponed or cancelled.

Should I take my medication before surgery?

Be sure to ask your doctor which medications you should take on the day of surgery. Most medications can be continued as scheduled, right up until the morning of surgery and taken with a sip of water. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) may be taken for pain. We suggest you or your child receives his or her usual dose of any inhalers/nebulizers for asthma or reactive airway disease the day of the procedure. Diabetes medications need to be discussed. Please call your anesthesia provider at Apex Anesthesia.

What will recovery be like?

With our innovative techniques, recovery is usually very quick. You will awaken and recover until you have met certain criteria for discharge home. Avoid driving, operating machinery, drinking alcohol, and making legal decisions for at least 24 hours.

How will I wake up?

Most patients begin to feel more alert as soon as the medication is discontinued. Any drowsiness or confusion will quickly dissipate as you emerge from anesthesia. During recovery your blood pressure and pulse oximetry will be checked periodically. Many patients are able to go home 30 minutes after their procedure and can resume all normal activities by the next day with very little residual effects.

Will I have pain when I wake up?

It is unusual to wake up with pain. Most anesthetics provide significant relief of postoperative pain and patients are usually very comfortable. If you experience pain, let your provider know.

What should I expect or do once I am home?
  • Eat a healthy meal to restore your energy and drink plenty of fluids.
  • You should be able to return to your everyday activities the next day.
  • Avoid driving, operating machinery, drinking alcohol, and making legal decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • Follow your dentist’s instructions for restrictions and other recovery instructions.
  • Normal activities can be resumed by the next day with very little residual effects.

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