What to Expect
We take pride in making your experience at the Meyer Clinic as pleasant, and comfortable as possible. It is our goal to have you feel secure in the treatment of your oral and facial needs. Local and general anesthesia are used to help to block the sensation of pain during any surgical procedure.
During a local anesthetic procedure you are awake and aware of all of your surroundings. Dr. Bukzin or Dr. Friend and the staff of Meyer Clinic will keep you comfortable and will explain what is occurring while you are in their care.
During a general anesthetic procedure you are asleep or in an altered state of consciousness. You are given medications to induce a short nap. This medication is metabolized quickly; therefore, you wake up soon after your procedure is complete. You may feel drowsy and will need a little bit of help throughout the rest of your day.
Dr. Bukzin or Dr. Friend and the staff at the Meyer Clinic will discuss with you the appropriate anesthesia for your procedure. They will recommend what they believe to be the best form of anesthesia for your procedure and situation. Please follow the directions below related to the type of anesthesia you will be undergoing. We look forward to seeing you soon.
General Anesthesia (GA)
General anesthesia is a common procedure which is considered quite safe. Nevertheless, any anesthesia carries some risk, and the common ones known for GA are listed below for your review before you sign your informed consent:
- Allergic reactions to any of the medications utilized.
- Discomfort, swelling or bruising at the site where the IV catheter is placed for the administration of drugs.
- Vein irritation, called phlebitis, where the needle (IV catheter) is placed into the vein. Sometimes, this may progress to a level where arm or hand motion may be restricted temporarily, and further medication or treatment may be required for relief.
- Nausea and vomiting, although not common, are unfortunate side effects of GA. Bed rest, and sometimes medications may be required for relief.
- General anesthesia is a serious medical procedure and, whether given in a hospital or out-patient surgery center carries with it the risk of brain damage, stroke, cardiac arrest or death.
How to Prepare Yourself for General Anesthesia & Surgery
- Patients may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment, unless other arrangements have been made with your surgeon. Children should not consume milk products or solids after midnight the night prior to surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home. Patients under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present to complete the consent process.
- The patient should not make any important decisions, drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
- Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes. Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Please clarify with the surgeon prior to any procedure as to whether any medication is to be discontinued or taken. All pre-operative medications instructed by the surgeon should be taken with just a sip of water the morning of your surgery. In some cases your prescribing physician should be notified of such changes.
- Females taking birth control pills should be aware that some antibiotics prescribed by your surgeon may interfere with their efficiency and should therefore consider an alternate method of contraception.
- Patients should arrange to have someone assist them in the post-operative recovery period for at least the initial 24 hours.
- Patients are strongly encouraged to stop smoking from the time of the pre-operative visit through the surgery, as it can adversely affect your healing and final result. Patients are requested to stop smoking at the time surgery is first considered as stopping immediately prior to surgery offers little benefit.
Patients Undergoing Local Anesthesia Only
- You may eat a light meal prior to your surgical appointment.
- Contact your family physician regarding prescribed anticoagulant medications.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed by your physician.
- Plan for a soft food diet.
We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to call the office if you have any questions or problems. Dr. Bukzin can be reached 24 hours a day in case of emergency.