Anesthesia FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When you visit our practice for cosmetic or oral surgery in Knoxville, Dr. Eisenberg will help you determine the best type of anesthesia for your needs. She’ll explain how you’ll likely feel during and after the operation, address any concerns you have, and provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative instructions. However, in the meantime, to give you a better idea of what to expect, we’re answering some common questions our patients ask regarding anesthesia. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for below, feel free to give our office a call at (865) 410-3075 and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Can I eat food prior to undergoing IV sedation?

In most cases, patients will not be allowed to eat or drink anything – including water – after midnight the night before the surgery. There are some slight exceptions for people who take regular medications, though even those will need to be taken with only a small sip of water as necessary.

Will I be able to drive myself home after being sedated?

No. We require that all patients undergoing IV sedation at our office arrive for their procedures with a responsible adult driver. It is not possible for you to safely drive after your procedure, nor should you drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after your procedure. It is normal to remain drowsy during this time as your body gradually eliminates the sedative agents used during surgery.

What should I wear for IV sedation?

We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing when you arrive at our office. Contacts, dentures, and detachable bridgework must be removed prior to surgery. Please also avoid wearing makeup, fingernail polish and jewelry the day of the procedure.

How is IV sedation administered?

To administer IV sedation, we place an IV in your arm (usually the right arm). This is a quickly and virtually painless procedure that ensures optimal delivery of your medication.

Safe, Comfortable Care

Not only do we offer advanced oral and cosmetic surgery in Knoxville, we’re also fully licensed to provide all forms of sedation and anesthesia right here in our office. To find out how we can help you achieve your oral health or aesthetic goals as safely and comfortably as possible, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicole Eisenberg today!

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