Patient Information

Types of Anesthesia

  • General Anesthesia involves rendering the patient unconscious.

  • Monitored Anesthesia Care involves monitoring and supporting the patient’s vital functions. The patient may receive sedation but will not be completely unconscious. Furthermore, monitored anesthesia care is usually accompanied by local anesthesia at the site of surgery by the surgeon.

  • Regional Anesthesia involves making a specific part of the body numb. The patient is usually conscious, but medications may be used in combination with regional anesthesia for relaxation or sedation.

Patient Anesthesia Instructions


  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before your surgery. This includes chewing gum or sucking candy.
  • Most medications can be taken prior to surgery. Take pills with a small sip of water up to 2 hours prior to surgery. Inhalers and nebulizers may be used the day of surgery. Also, it is best to bring all medications with you to your surgery appointment. Please, consult with your provider regarding medications containing blood thinners or anti-platelets, including Aspirin, and diabetic medications.
  • Contact your provider if you become ill near the scheduled time of surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • Your anesthesiologist will discuss the specifics of your care and answer any questions that you have. However, you should contact your dentist or surgeon if you have a question or concern that needs to be addressed prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany minors and remain present in the facility during the entire surgery and recovery period.


  • Anesthesia medications may cause prolonged drowsiness. Therefore, you should have a responsible adult accompany you for assistance and to drive you home after anesthesia.
  • Some patients experience nausea and/or vomiting after anesthesia. Your provider will administer medications to treat nausea and vomiting if necessary. Otherwise, you may resume eating and drinking post-surgery in most instances.
  • In general, patients should reframe from returning to school or work the day of surgery due to the possible effects of anesthesia medications. Your provider will inform you when it is safe to resume normal activity.
  • Finally, contact your dentist or surgeon if you have any concerns after being discharged



Georgia Medicaid patients are accepted. No deposit or payment is required prior to your procedure. All Star Anesthesia will bill Medicaid directly after services are rendered.

Private Insurance or Self Pay

If you have private insurance or paying out of pocket, payment is required prior to your procedure. You may request reimbursement from your insurance company if your plan covers the services. Please contact your insurance provider for reimbursement eligibility.