ANESTHESIOLOGISTS' JOB

What does a physician anesthesiologist do?

 

Anesthesiologists are concerned with many aspects of  surgery. Their main task is to provide safe, optimal conditions during surgery and to make the entire stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.  

 

Anesthesiologists consider any surgical procedure  to be of major importance.  They are constantly on guard for changes in breathing, heart action, blood pressure or unexpected events which, although rare, may occur during surgery.  Apart from assuring the optimal safety during surgery, we are specially trained in how to keep the procedure as comfortable as possible for you.  

 

Why is there a preoperative interview?

 

Anesthesia affect your entire system, so it is important for your anesthesiologist to know as much about you as possible. If you are under the care of a primary doctor or pediatrician for any medical condition, a medical clearance may be required. Children should be seen by a pediatrician within the last 12 months.

 

Once an appointment is confirmed by the dental office, a preoperative evaluation will be conducted via telephone. We will review your medical history and inquire about your recent medications and allergy.

 

What will the anesthesiologist need to know?

 

The anesthesiologist will want to make sure that you (or your child)  are in the best possible physical condition before surgery. You will be asked important questions about your  medical health, including allergies, asthma, any family history of anesthesia. During this evaluation, the anesthesiologist will explain the planned anesthetic procedures.  The discussions may include any needed pre-sedation ( for children over age of 12) and other pertinent anesthetic details. This is the best time for you to ask questions and express any concerns to the anesthesiologist.  Please bring or email us any pertinent medical records from specialist or primary physician for review. We require all patients to have a general check up within the last 12 months.

 

Sometimes minor  runny nose and colds may cause problems during some types of surgery and anesthesia.  For this reason, the anesthesiologist elect to postpone surgery. Remember, the anesthesiologist has your  safety in mind.
 

Will I receive any medication before surgery?

The type of medicine used, if any, will be determined by the anesthesiologist during your consultation.

 

In spite of parents’ reassurances, however, most young children still may require medicine to calm them before surgery.  In older patients ( over 12yo ) oral sedatives and or laughing gas may be given. However for a nervous or younger child, an injection in the arm may be the only choice for anesthesia before placement of an IV catheter for maintaining your sedation.  

 

How is pain controlled after surgery?

 

Almost all patients only need Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for minor discomfort at home. Adults with more extensive work will need a doctor’s prescription for stronger pain relievers.

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