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Here’s the process to expect when receiving General Anesthesia, IV Moderate Sedation, Dental Anesthesia, or Infusion treatments

Learn More About Anesthesia and What to Expect

The Process

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a combination of medications that put you in a sleep-like state before a surgery or other medical procedure. Under general anesthesia, you don’t feel pain because you’re completely unconscious. General anesthesia usually uses a combination of intravenous drugs and inhaled gasses (anesthetics).

Please feel free to contact me or your surgeon if problems arise or you have any questions regarding your scheduled procedure.

If your procedure requires general anesthesia, you can expect the following:

General anesthesia - female patient with oxygen mask in operation theater

The Process

Deep Sedation

Deep sedation is a combination of intravenous medications that make you unconscious for a surgery or other medical procedure. Under deep sedation, you don’t feel pain and are able to respond to repeated stimuli. The medications to keep you asleep and comfortable may compromise your ability to breathe independently and you may require assistance breathing, such as ventilation.

Please feel free to contact me or your surgeon if problems arise or you have any questions regarding your scheduled procedure.

If your procedure requires deep sedation, you can expect the following:

The Process

IV Moderate Sedation

Moderate or conscious sedation is commonly known as “twilight sleep”.  During this type sedation intravenous medications will be administered and patients are known to experience reduced perception of pain, memory, and anxiety levels. You should find that you become very relaxed and comfortable during your procedure.

Please feel free to contact me or your surgeon if problems arise or you have any questions regarding your scheduled procedure.

If your procedure requires IV moderate sedation, you can expect the following:

The Process

IV Vitamin infusion therapy

IV Vitamin Infusion treatments nourish the body by delivering nutrients directly to the blood stream where the body can more rapidly absorb and more efficiently utilize them to promote health and beauty.

What is in IV Nutritional Therapy?

All our hydrating iv vitamin infusions  have zinc and vitamin C for healing and immunity. Also available as add on B12, B1 B2, B3, B5, B6, magnesium, copper, manganese, and selenium.

We also offer enhanced infusions that build on our Immunity formulation adding amino acids for athletic Performance (and recovery), and our Anti-Aging & Beauty IV Treatment is a specially curated combination of powerful age-defying antioxidants, Glutathione, Vitamin C, B-vitamins, Biotin, essential nutrients, and rehydrating fluids to keep your skin and body healthy and young. This formula helps give you that fresh-faced look and glow– reduces fine lines and wrinkles, eliminates ugly skin blemishes, provides protection from UV damage, assists in collagen production to reinforce elasticity, and removes toxins. Allowing your skin the ability to regenerate, rejuvenate and recover.

If your treatment requires IV Vitamin infusion therapy, you can expect the following:

Frequently asked questions about anesthesia services

Your anesthesia bill will depend on 

  1. How long it takes to complete your procedure,
  2. How complex a surgery you are scheduled for, and
  3. What kind of insurance coverage you have – if any

Let’s look at each of these factors in turn:

1. The duration of anesthesia care

The total bill amount of an anesthesia bill depends largely on the duration of the anesthesia service, which depends on the duration of the surgery itself.

How duration effects your bill

A “Unit” is a 15-minute length of time of anesthesia service.

Every anesthesia company assigns a monetary value to an anesthesia “Unit.”

Anesthesia provider bills are calculated by a simple formula: (Number of Base Units PLUS Number of Time Units) TIMES the dollar value of a Unit EQUALS Total Bill Amount

The Anesthesia Timeline

Anesthesia time begins when the anesthesia provider starts attending to the patient in the pre-operative area and ends when the anesthesia provider transfers care to the post-operative nurse following the surgery.

For most surgeries, a typical timeline involves:

  • 10-15 minutes of anesthesia exam in the pre-operative area,
  • 5 minutes of time transporting the patient to the operating room,
  • 5-10 minutes time inducing anesthesia,
  • 10–40 minutes of time positioning, prepping, and draping the patient,
  • the entire surgical duration,
  • 5-15 minutes of time to wake the patient up,
  • 5-10 minutes of time to transport the patient to the Recovery area, &
  • 5-10 minutes’ time to sign the patient over to the nurse’s care in the Recovery area

Even though the anesthesia billing time concludes when the patient’s care is signed over to the PACU nurse, the anesthetist oversees the patient’s comfort and care during Recovery. This includes monitoring vital signs, pain control, nausea therapy, and the timing of the patient’s discharge.

2. The complexity of the scheduled surgical procedure

The Base Unit value for any anesthetic varies with the complexity of the scheduled surgery. The Base Unit value reflects the degree of work and risk involved in the anesthetic management for each type of surgery.

3. The insurance status of the patient

The United States government sets a cap on how much Medicare and Medicaid patients can be billed. The dollar value per anesthesia Unit is severely discounted for Medicare and Medicaid patients to a number as low as one-fourth to one-fifth the amount a non-Medicare or Medicaid patient is billed.

📌A NOTE REGARDING COSMETIC & DENTAL SURGERY:

Insurance companies do not pay for plastic surgeries such as liposuction, breast implants, or facelifts. They often do not cover IV sedation for Periodontal or Oral surgery. Patients must pay the surgeon, operating room, and anesthesia bills in advance.

Your Nurse Anesthetist will collect a variety of information about your current condition and medical history in order to develop your Anesthesia Care Plan. 

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has a sample preoperative questionnaire for you to review.

View below, or visit the AANA website.