Before General Anesthesia

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • 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.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Coviello and Dr. Starley prior to your surgical date for instructions.

After General Anesthesia

  • The usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to recover completely from general anesthesia.
  • Temporary confusion and memory loss, although this is more common in the elderly.
  • Crying
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Bruising or soreness from the IV drip
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shivering and feeling cold
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.