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Types of Anesthesia

The type of surgery, will determine the level of anesthesia required. Anesthesia options may include:

General anesthesia

This affects the entire body, leaving the patient unconscious. General anesthesia is provided directly into the bloodstream intravenously or inhaled as gas. Every procedure performed under general anesthesia in our clinic is attended by a board-certified anesthesia provider.

Intravenous sedation

Also known as “twilight sedation,” this type of anesthesia is selected for certain procedures. It allows patients undergo awake procedures comfortably . Patients usually experience a faster postoperative recovery and less nausea after intravenous sedation as compared to general anesthesia.

Pre-operative medications

Certain drugs may be administered prior to surgery to help you relax before going into the operating room.

Local anesthetic

This type of anesthesia is used to directly numb the surgical site, so the patient feels no pain during their procedure. Patients remain conscious and comfortable, and can usually return home soon after the procedure.

Pro-Nox anesthetic

Dr. Michael Kim offers a new alternative for pain relief: Pro-Nox. This system delivers a 50/50 blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen, with the quantity controlled by you, the patient. This pain and stress-relieving mixture works in just seconds, is non-addictive, leaves the body in just minutes, allowing you to have your procedure in total comfort. No anesthesia injections or numbing creams are needed. We offer the Pro-Nox option to our patients as they love that they control the level of pain relief needed. No need to wait for an anesthetic to numb an area, saving you waiting time. You can be in and out of our clinic in just minutes, able to drive, and back to yourself just minutes after treatment. Ask us about Pro-Nox for your procedure.

Anesthesia Services

In our operating room, anesthesia services are provided by board-certified anesthesia providers who will ensure your comfort and safety during surgery. They will also aid in managing your immediate postoperative needs during your recovery.

Types of Anesthesia

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PRACTICE UPDATE AS OF JUNE 2020 View Update Virtual Consultation

PRACTICE UPDATE REGARDING RE-OPENING

We are excited to announce we are now treating patients for all procedures and surgeries. After a month of optimizing our Covid-19 protocols, we are confident in our ability to offer a safe clinic and operating room setting for our patients and staff. We have instituted disinfection methods, enhanced air purification, and the use of personal protective equipment. We will continue to offer virtual postoperative checks and new patient consultations through our telehealth platform. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, the following modifications to the patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  6. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  7. Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgical patients.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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