Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

In order to help you during the surgery, which has been recommended, we have put together a technique that is available to help you relax and make you somewhat sleepy and make this experience more pleasurable. While sedated you will have an attitude of indifference towards the surgical intervention.

When sedated, and afterwards, It is possible that you are unable to remember the appointment itself but also you may have no notion of time.

The surgical intervention itself could cause a sequela of swelling, dizziness, as well as change of taste. Subsequent to the surgery, you will receive a prescription for reduction of pain as well as an information pamphlet which will answer most of your questions.

In order to receive maximum benefit from the I-V sedation, you must follow these simple instructions:

  • A responsible adult must be available to drive you and take care of you once you leave the surgical suite. We will give this individual post-operative instructions, prescriptions in order to help you with post-operative discomfort. An adult should be available to stay with you for a period of 2 to 3 hours post-surgery, a time required for the medication given to you to wear off.
  • You must not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the surgical intervention.
  • Comfortable clothing, something casual that buttons up the front, would be ideal for the surgical intervention.
  • Please remove all nail polish so that a pulse oximeter can be worn to monitor the patient’s oxygen more efficiently.
  • For a period of 24 hours following the appointment it would be ideal for you not to smoke or drink any alcoholic beverages. Driving a vehicle or machinery is not recommended for 24 hours following the surgery. Signing any legal documents should also be restrained.
  • Please advise Dr. Bourget of all medications you are currently taking. Because of their potential adverse reactions: Aspirin (Advil, Excedrin, Aleve etc.), vitamin E, blood thinners, St. John’s wort and Ginkgo Biloba should NOT be taken for 7 days before surgery. With these exceptions, medications that are ordinarily taken should be taken with a sip of water, unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Bourget. Plain Tylenol can be used for routine head aches, etc.
  • Patients having facial cosmetic surgery must not wear any makeup, facial creams or hair spray the day of surgery.
  • Sedation can not be administered if you have a severe cold, sore throat, or sinus infection with excessive drainage. If you develop any of these problems prior to your appointment, please call the office so that we can reschedule your surgery.

While taking antibiotics, birth control pills may become ineffective. Additional precautions should be used during the month that you are taking antibiotics.

For more information concerning the I-V sedation please feel free to contact the office at 1-902-334-0700 or 1-888-492-1586.