Anaesthesia Questions

1Can I be asleep for my surgery?
Yes, that may be an option. Our doctors will review your medical history and discuss anaesthesia options that will be the best for your situation. We also offer local anaesthesia, which numbs the area involved, and general anaesthesia, where you are fully asleep.
2Can I have dinner the night before, and what about brushing my teeth in the morning?
Yes, you can have dinner the night before your surgery. If you are having general aneasthesia, you may not have anything to eat or drink for a minimum of 8 hours prior to your surgery. No liquid or food of any kind. Basically, if it goes in your mouth, you cannot have it. You may, and definitely should, brush your teeth prior to surgery, as your mouth should be very clean, but be sure not to swallow any water or toothpaste.
3But I take medication for certain conditions. Does that mean I can't be asleep for my surgery? How do I take my medication if I am fasting for 8 hours before surgery?
Taking certain medications does not mean that you cannot have general anaesthesia, unless your physician advises against it. It just means that there could be special instructions you should follow prior to your surgery. You should contact your physician to let him or her know that you are having oral surgery to see if they have any concerns regarding the surgery or the use of general anaesthesia. If your physician advises you to continue your prescribed medication, you may take it with a tiny sip of water, just enough to get your pills down. In either case, you need to make sure that our office is aware of any medications that you are taking when you schedule your appointment, especially if you have asthma, are diabetic, or are on any type of blood thinners or chemotherapy.
4Can I have alcohol before and after surgery?
We strongly recommend that you do not consume any alcoholic beverages the night before your surgery, and that you refrain from alcohol while you are taking prescription pain medication. Alcohol taken with prescription pain medication can cause adverse reactions.
5How is the general anaesthesia given, and will it hurt?
It is given intravenously (IV), usually in the arm, and all you will feel is a slight pinch.
6Why must I have an escort with me when I undergo general anaesthesia?
Although you will be able to walk out on your own after the surgical procedure, your reflexes and decision-making ability may still be hindered due to the anaesthesia. Until the anaesthetic medications are fully metabolized (12-24 hours) a patient may become nauseous, dizzy and even faint. Your escort will assist in your safe return home and aid in your care following the oral surgery. We strongly recommend that the patient have someone with him/her throughout the day and night of the surgery.

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