The drug propofol is far superior when compared to alternative sedation agents. It works fast and wears off considerably faster. In fact, most patients experience very few side affects as opposed to more traditional drugs which can leave a person groggy for hours after a procedure.
Prior To Your Procedure
Prior to your scheduled procedure, a member of your anesthesia health care team may contact you to review and ask questions about your surgical, anesthetic and medication history. In, short your answers will help your anesthesia care team choose the safest anesthetics for you.
Any instructions you receive are important and need to be followed. You will be encouraged to ask any questions and express any concerns.
Prior to your scheduled procedure, an intravenous (IV) line will be administered to you. This IV will be used to supply your medication and replace fluids throughout the procedure. You can expect monitoring equipment to be attached when you are in the procedure room.
During Your Procedure
When receiving any moderate and deep sedation analgesia your safety is most important. Your anesthesia provider assures your safety by using monitoring devices. In fact your anesthesia provider will be responsible for controlling your level of consciousness and will use these monitors to keep vigilant watch on vital signs such as heart rate, rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
After Your Procedure
It is important to plan ahead and have a responsible adult to provide transportation because you will not be allowed to drive yourself. Any after effects of the medication should be minimal or gone before being allowed to go home. You may consider having someone stay with you on the day of the procedure to provide general assistance.
You will be given specific instructions by your doctor or a member of the anesthesia team regarding eating and/or drinking before your anesthesia.
Please refrain from smoking until otherwise directed.
Based upon your medical insurance and your plan’s coverage, you may receive a bill for your anesthesia care. This amount includes all functions performed by your anesthesia care team during your procedure. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to determine if there is any cost to you. The number to call for questions is 1-800-951-7850.