Before Intravenous Anesthesia SedatioN

PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

You will always be given local anesthesia for your procedure, but you may choose any of the following listed below as a supplement.  Each choice 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 anything, please ask your doctor

 ***            Please do NOT take any anti-anxiety, sedative or pain medication prior to procedure and before signing the consent forms.  Please contact Dr. Fryer if you have any questions.***

I.V. SEDATION

Intravenous sedation:  Medications are given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation and, although you will not actually be unconscious, there will be very little recall (if any) of the events surrounding the procedure.

  1. On the night before the procedure, do not eat food past 8:00 P.M. or drink ANY fluid past midnight.  
  2. However, it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any medications provided by this office, using only a small sip of water.
  3. You MUST have a responsible party drive you home (as it is not safe to drive after taking sedative drugs) and stay with you until you are recovered sufficiently to care for yourself.  This may be up to 24 hours.
  4. During recovery time (24 hours) you should not drive, operate complicated machinery or devices, or make important decisions such as signing documents, etc.
  5. Have someone with you, to wait during the procedure.
  6. Please remove all jewelry, and please remove Contact lenses.
  7. Dress comfortably with a short sleeve shirt.

 LOCAL ANESTHESIA

Local anesthesia will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and a feeling of pressure during the procedure.  You will be awake and recall the procedure, but there should be no significant discomfort.

  1. You may eat prior to the appointment.
  2. For more extensive procedures, you may wish to have someone drive you home.
  3. Plan to rest for a few hours after your procedure.

 N2O (“LAUGHING GAS”)

Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas.”  You will be relaxed and somewhat less aware of your surroundings, but will recall most of the procedure.  Nitrous-oxide is generally used in conjunction with local anesthesia, but may also be used to supplement the anesthetic choices below.

  1. You may eat  a light meal (4) four hours prior to procedure.
  2. The ideal situation with nitrous oxide is to have a person drive you here and take you home.  If this is not possible, we request that you wait 30-60 minutes after procedure before driving.
  3. Plan to rest for a few hours after your procedure.

 ORAL PREMEDICATION

Oral premedication: may be a supplement to local anesthesia and is medication taken by mouth to produce relaxation before and during your procedure.  Normally this is in a pill form that Dr. Fryer will prescribe prior to your procedure.  Liquid form oral pre-med is usually  for younger children and given in the office under the direction of Dr. Fryer prior to the procedure.

  1. Take the medication at the time directed before your surgery.
  2. Have a light meal a few hours prior to your procedure unless you are also having intravenous sedation.  If the additional option of having or needing an intravenous sedative was discussed, then DO NOT have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before.
  3. It is not safe to drive after taking sedative drugs, and you MUST have someone drive you to and from your procedure.
  4. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day.  Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., for 24 hours after your procedure.

 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. We will schedule your follow-up visit  5-10 days after your procedure.
  2. If you prefer to listen to your own music, feel free to bring a music player with small earphones.

 ** Please Note: **
**If you are taking any oral contraceptives, your prescribed antibiotic may reduce its effectiveness.**

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 ask or call about any questions concerning your procedure or anesthetic.