What to Expect the Day of Your Procedure (IV Sedation in Office)

If you have an upcoming in-office procedure under IV sedation at our clinic, you may be curious about what to expect. At our clinic, we have a step-by-step process to make your procedure day as smooth and comfortable as possible.

What procedures are performed in-office under IV sedation at our clinic?

  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Septoplasty
  • Turbinate reduction
  • Cyclone lavage
  • Eustachian tube dilation
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Tube placement & removal
  • RhinAer procedure
  • Vivaer procedure
  • Latera procedure
  • Simple biopsies
  • DISE: Drug-induced sleep endoscopy

What can I expect on the day of my procedure?

  • You will arrive 1.5 hours before your procedure with your driver. Most patients are instructed
    to take their oral pre-op medications when they leave their house. Depending on the
    the procedure you are having, you may also be told to use 4 large puffs of Afrin upon arrival to
    our clinic.
  •  When you arrive you will be greeted by the front desk staff who will confirm your procedure
    and set up post-operative appointments (if needed).
  •  A Medical Assistant will take you to a clinic room for pre-operative preparation and consent.
  •  A member of the anesthesia team (either the nurse or anesthesiologist) will greet you and
    begin to prepare you for your IV placement.
  • Once your IV is placed, you will relax in the clinic room with your driver until your procedure.
  • When it is time for your procedure, the nurse will walk with you to the procedure room while
    your driver will wait in the sub-waiting area close by.
  • You will be greeted by Dr. Slaughter or one of our physician assistants and our surgical team.
    The surgical team includes the surgical tech, head nurse, anesthesiologist, and generally an
    additional surgical tech for assistance.
  • The team will place oxygen in your nose, a blood pressure cuff on your arm, an oxygen monitor
    on your fingertip, and a few sticker leads on your chest to monitor your heart. The team will
    make sure you are comfortable before you are put to sleep.
  • Once your procedure is completed, Dr. Slaughter or one of our physician assistants will talk
    to your driver to ensure everything went well.
  • After your procedure, you will be cared for by a Medical Assistant until you are awake and
    your vitals are stable. Once cleared by the anesthesiologist, your driver will pull up the car to
    the clinic and you will be assisted to your vehicle.
  • You will likely go home with a bag of items including post-op instructions, gauze pads, and
    other items for your post-op care depending on the procedure performed.
  • A nurse will contact you the next day via telephone to ensure your recovery is going well.
  • Most patients have a post-op appointment within 3-6 weeks of their procedure.

If you have any more questions about your pre- or post-operative plan, you can call or text our clinic
to discuss further.

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