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Experience and dedication to our patients are the keys to our success. We look forward to making your visit with us as smooth as possible. Please review the following information prior to your procedure:


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About Us

Sleepy Anesthesia Associates (SAA) will administer the anesthetic during your procedure. Our group has been in business since 1999, safely administering quality anesthesia services at various hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the area. SAA provides outstanding care with the highest degree of professionalism, including constant monitoring of every important body function. Your anesthesia professional remains with you constantly while you are in the operating room, assuring your safety and comfort throughout the procedure.


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Interview and Communication

As a patient, communication and cooperation between you and your anesthesia professional are essential to the anesthesia process and your safety. Before surgery, a confidential, pre-operative interview with one of our anesthesia professionals helps determine your personalized care. The type of anesthesia that can be administered to you will be based on your current health. If you would like to conduct this interview without other family members in the room, please contact our office, in advance, at the number listed below so we can meet your needs.

After your surgery, it is equally important to inform your anesthesia professional about any complications or issues you feel are related to the anesthesia. Anesthesia medications can remain in your body for several hours or more after they have been administered, and you won’t be “back to your old self” until the anesthetic has been totally eliminated.

Never hesitate to ask your anesthesia provider any questions you might have, before or after your anesthesia is administered.

After the pre-operative interview and careful review of any tests, such as blood work, electrocardiogram or X-rays, the anesthesia provider will discuss with you the available option(s) with regard to your anesthetic choices. These anesthesia options are based on factors such as your physical condition, the nature of the surgery, and your reactions to medications. Be sure to communicate any concerns or fears with your anesthesia provider, as this is quite common. Open, honest communication is key in the selection of the best and safest anesthetic for you.


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Types of Anesthesia

There are four basic types of anesthesia:

  • General anesthesia produces a loss of sensation throughout the entire body.
  • Regional anesthesia produces a loss of sensation to a specific region of the body.
  • Local anesthesia produces a loss of sensation to a small, specific area of the body.
  • Sedation reduces anxiety and often creates temporary amnesia, light sleep or deep sleep, which may be added to regional anesthesia or local anesthesia.

The anesthesia provider will discuss the options available to you for the surgery and any options for relief of pain after surgery.


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Instructions – Before your Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight
    (Note: For small children, see Additional Information for Children section.)
  • Get a full night’s sleep
  • Take your routine medications with a sip of water in the morning (do NOT take diabetic medications, or “water” pills)
  • Notify your surgeon if you come down with the flu, a cold or a previously undiagnosed problem
  • Notify your surgeon if you suffer an additional injury in the area of the planned surgery, including cuts, scrapes, bites or bruising
  • Stop taking herbal medications at least 2 weeks before having surgery
  • Do not take illegal substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana at least 1 week before having surgery

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Instructions – Day of Surgery

  • Arrive accompanied by a responsible adult who can transport you safely home
  • You may brush your teeth
  • You will be asked to remove any dentures, glasses, contact lenses and jewelry before coming to the operating room

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Additional Information for Children

Sleepy Anesthesia Associates administers anesthesia to patients of all age groups. The age and maturity of your child will aid in the decision about how he/she will go to sleep.

With younger children, the most frequent type of induction (putting one to sleep) is inhalation. Inhalation induction allows the child to breathe themselves to sleep with oxygen, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and anesthesia gas. An IV for the administration of medications may be inserted once the child is asleep.

Insertion of an IV is uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking for adults and children, but is often the best way to get patients to sleep at higher age/weight groups. If the older child is afraid of the IV sleep, or needles, an inhalation induction may be possible.

In certain circumstances, medications are available that will sedate your child prior to the start of the anesthetic. These medications can be given either by mouth or through an IV. The anesthesia provider will discuss with you what is best for your child. A vast majority of children do not require anything other than encouragement and a hand to hold.

NOTE: Your child should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before their procedure. For infants and toddlers clear liquids like water, Gatorade or apple juice can be ingested up to 2 hours before the procedure.


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Post-Surgery Pain Control

Sleepy Anesthesia Associates’ anesthesia professionals are proficient at post-surgery pain relief. The anesthesia professional may be able to provide a range of pain management services to keep you comfortable after the surgery.

While surgeons routinely order medications for the treatment of post-surgical pain, some patients have the opportunity to take advantage of or require additional or different methods other than those used routinely by the surgeon. Patients with multiple allergies, a history of chronic pain, or other major medical conditions are examples of patients that may benefit from post-surgical pain management by an anesthesia professional.

A variety of single injections and continuous (2-3 day) therapies may be available to improve your recovery and decrease your pain after surgery. These injections reduce the need for medications that often result in nausea/vomiting and other complications after surgery.

While you are expected to have some pain following a surgical procedure, the pain should NOT be such that you cannot sleep, eat or move about. If it is, tell your nurse! The sooner a patient returns to their routine activities of daily life, the quicker the recovery from their surgical procedure.


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Health Insurance

Sleepy Anesthesia Associates, PLLC is currently in network with many health insurance plans. Contact us for more information specific to your healthcare policy.

While we will submit health claims to all plans, this does not guarantee payment by the plan. We are a separate entity from both the facility and surgeon. You will receive a separate bill for your anesthesia services. You may wish to contact your insurance carrier to determine if we are part of their network.