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What You Should Expect Prior to the Procedure

Following a professional introduction, your anesthesia provider will conduct an in-depth interview exploring your health history, allergies, medications, surgical history and current health status. They will also review any diagnostics that may be prudent for them to know to prepare you for a safe anesthetic experience. One of the more important issues your provider will focus on is your prior exposure and responses to anesthesia. For optimal safety, it is important to disclose to your anesthesia provider the time of your last ingestion of liquid and solids as this could adversely impact your safety. During periods of deep sedation or anesthesia, normal reflexes that protect us from material entering the airway are suppressed or lost. This is the reason ingestion of any types of liquids or solids including gum, mints, candy and chewing tobacco are strictly forbidden before undergoing an anesthetic. During the interview process, it is important to disclose any health related concerns, illnesses or ailments to your provider despite how minute you think they may be. Remember, the most insignificant question to you may be the most important to us. Covering all of these things prior to a procedure will ensure your safety and enhance the quality of care provided to you.

Why are Anesthesia Services so Important?

Anesthesia promotes pain-free or painless procedures and offers enhanced patient comfort. In the event that your surgery takes longer than expected, a simple sedation might not provide effective pain relief. Sedation does not allow for easy monitoring of how much anesthesia one is getting effectively, so no one will know truly how much anesthesia is in your system. On the other hand, with MAC or Monitored Anesthesia Care, state-of-the-art medical devices will monitor and measure the amount of anesthesia that is in your system. This sophistication contributes hugely to better pain management and a higher degree of comfort for you.In addition, the quality of anesthesia services you receive also determines how quickly you can come back home. Optimum Anesthesia can get you to sleep in 15 seconds or less and remain by your side to monitor your comfort, breathing and blood pressure throughout the procedure. Their expertise also minimizes or eliminates side effects and speeds up your recovery.