As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Stopperich is able to provide patients with safe and effective out-patient anesthesia. During his residency, Dr. Stopperich received formal training in hospital and out-patient-based anesthesia at the University of Florida. Because of this training Dr. Stopperich can provide all aspects of anesthesia administration. These skills include IV sedation, general anesthesia (IV deep sedation), airway management, certification in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).
Many procedures can be performed with local anesthesia (“Novocaine”), however, if you desire to be “asleep” or sedated, IV sedation is available. Depending on your medical history and level of anxiety, this can range from IV conscious sedation (“twilight’) to a IV deep sedation. With both types of anesthesia medication is administered through an IV to produce the desired level of comfort. Local anesthesia is also used which will allow you to awaken without discomfort.
Throughout the entire procedure, you are monitored very closely with the use of blood pressure cuff, electrocardiogram (EKG), and pulse oximeter (allows measurement of blood oxygen level).
Prior to any IV anesthetic, a consultation with Dr. Stopperich is required in order to review your medical history and to discuss your treatment options. Important pre-operative instructions will be provided to you which include:
- not having anything to eat or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure
- having an escort to drive you home
- wear loose comfortable clothing
- take all medications as directed.
If you have any questions regarding these instructions please do not hesitate to call the office.