General Anesthesia

 

General anesthesia is the use of oral sedation and intravenous medicines to put you into a deep sleep for the duration of your surgery. Your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are constantly monitored.  You will not interact, feel pain, or have any memories of the procedure.  You are released home shortly after surgery to your ride; however, you may remain sleepy the remainder of the day.

Oral Sedation

 

Oral sedation is the use of medication taken prior to your surgery to relieve anxiety. Though you are able to communicate and move, you may feel groggy, sleepy, or unable to concentrate.  You will not feel any pain coupled with local anesthetic, but will need transporation home. 

 

Oral sedation can be used alone, or compounded with nitrous oxide for an additional level of sedation.

Local Anesthesia or Nitrous Oxide

 

Local anesthesia is the specific numbing of an area.  You are alert and able to interact.  You may notice pressure and pulling, but you will not feel any pain.  You may drive yourself to and from your appointment.

 

Nitrous oxide can be added for light sedation. The gas is administered with oxygen through a mask placed over your nose and wears off almost immediately after use.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparation for surgery is individual to you.  Your specific instructions will be reviewed in office.  If you elect to change your anesthesia or have had any changes to your health subsequent to your consultation, please inform the office in advance as it may change your pre-operative instructions.

 

Chilled, soft foods at home for immediatly after surgery and non-peroxide toothpaste for post-operative brushing is recommended. 

 

 

    PLEASE NOTE ANY CHANGE IN THE NOTED

       PROTOCOL, MAY RESULT IN THE 

       CANCELATION OR RESCHEDULING 

       OF YOUR SURGERY.  LATE ARRIVAL

                MAY ALSO NECESSITATE 

      RESCHEDULING OF YOUR SURGERY.

 

Contact Us

 

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Tel: (805) 541 - 6725

FAX (805) 541 - 6872

Address

Michael L. La Puma, DMD

683 California Boulevard

San Luis Obispo, California

93401

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