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Sedation & Anesthesia in Chicago

Anesthesia Options

There are four different anesthesia options available to you. Each helps to block pain during procedures. Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe will explain all methods of anesthesia to you. Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe will recommend what they believe to be the best form for your procedure and situation. Please follow given directions related to the type of anesthesia you will be undergoing.


Local Anesthesia (Novacaine)

Local Anesthesia (Novacaine) Injections of medications which numb the surgical site only

IV Sedation (Twilight Sleep)

Light sleep which occurs once IV medications are given

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Although it works well in general dental procedures, it is not always predictable in surgical procedures and is utilized much less frequently than the above options.

Deep Sedation / General

Anesthesia (Completely Asleep)Complete unawareness which occurs through IV medication 3

Patients Undergoing Local Anesthesia Only

You may eat a light meal prior to your surgical appointment. Take all prescribed medications as directed by your family physician with a small sip of water.

Diabetes medications can be continued as usual with normal diet unless fasting.

Anticoagulants (i.e Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin, etc.) may need to be stopped. Contact your family physician for specific instructions related to these types of medications. Plan for a soft food diet such as soup, ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc.

Patients Undergoing General
Anesthesia or IV Sedation

Do NOT eat or drink anything 6-8 hours prior to surgery. You MUST have a responsible adult 18 years or older drive you home. They MUST remain in the office throughout the procedure. Surgery will not begin until the driver is present. You cannot take public transportation home. You may ride in a taxi with an escort. No driving, or strenuous activities for at least 24 hours afterthe procedure.

Wear loose fitting, and comfortable clothing. Do not wear contact lenses, and remove any facial or oral piercings. Take all prescribed medications as directed by your family physician with a small sip of water. Diabetes medications should not be taken if fasting. Anticoagulants such as Coumadin, Plavix, and aspirin need to be stopped. Contact your family physician for specific instructions related to these types of medication.

Plan for a soft food diet such as soup, ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc.

After Surgery

Verbal & written post-operative instructions will be given.  A written prescription will be given. You will have to pick this up at the pharmacy of your choice. You can return to work when you feel up to it, or per our instructions. We can supply you with a doctor's note if you need one.

About Our Practice

Dr. Katabi & Dr. Smythe have extensive knowledge, training and certification in a wide variety of anesthesia techniques. Dr. Katabi & Dr. Smythe are certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. All staff members have various certifications related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency patient care, and patients undergoing anesthesia.

Throughout your visit you will always be under the watchful and experienced care of one of AOS's clinical staff. Dr. Katabi, Dr. Smythe and the staff at Armitage Oral Surgery are committed to keeping you comfortable and informed while you are in their care. We strive to make the experience as painless, relaxing, and stress-free as possible. Our caring staff will listen to your concerns and make appropriate recommendations.

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