If you will be having a procedure, surgical or otherwise, that requires anesthesia, it is very important to know a few guidelines about how to prepare yourself for the administration of that anesthesia. Following these guidelines carefully will help your procedure go as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
If your procedure will be performed under local anesthesia alone or a combination of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, you may eat a light meal several hours before your appointment. If you are taking any medications regularly, be they prescription, non-prescription or herbal supplements, be sure that you have made Dr. Arroyo aware of them and have received instructions as to whether they are safe to take as usual on the day of your procedure or the days leading up to it. If your procedure will be extensive, having someone available to drive you home afterwards may be wise.
Patients who will be having IV sedation have more stringent guidelines to follow to ensure safety and comfort during their procedures. These include:
If you have any questions about any part of these guidelines, please call the office well in advance of your procedure appointment. We will be happy to clarify any details you find confusing to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience under our care.
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