Before Intravenous Anesthesia

  • Do not eat or drink anything by mouth 6 hours prior to surgery unless otherwise indicated. If you require a special diet (i.e. Diabetes, hypoglycemia), let us know.
  • An adult must accompany you to the office and be available to drive you home. We have a beeper for your escort and will contact him/her when you are ready. Your escort may relax in the reception area, if preferred.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • Be sure to use the restroom shortly before the sedation.
  • If you develop a cold or a physical illness before your appointment, be sure to call and ask if it is desirable for you to postpone your visit.
  • If you must postpone your visit, please do so as far in advance as possible.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Drs Colón, Dozier and Barnett prior to your surgical date for instructions. We want to help you with which of your routine medications to take prior to surgery.

After the sedation, you are likely to be somewhat tired therefore:

  • Do not operate machinery of any kind and do not drive an automobile for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Do not use alcoholic beverages for 24 hours
  • Occasionally, patients receiving intravenous sedation experience postoperative tenderness, and/or redness in their hand or arm (phlebitis associated with intravenous infusion). If this occurs, please call us.
  • Plan to rest, preferably at home, for the remainder of the day.
  • Your judgment may be impaired until the medicine wears off. If you experience any difficulty, please call us at Tallahassee Office Phone Number 850-562-6111.