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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 Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

Dr. Kim

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