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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is Office-based anesthesia?

Our team of highly-trained anesthesia specialists are able to come to the comfort of your dental office and perform anesthesia at the same level that is received in a traditional surgical center. These anesthesia services are provided with a more personalized approach, in a less threatening environment and at a fraction of the cost.

How is it different than hospital anesthesia?

Although the level and depth of anesthesia are the same there are a few differences that can be beneficial for caregivers and the patients.

  • The treatment is performed in the comfortable and convenient environment of your dental
  • More personalized care is offered.
  • There is a reduction in overall costs.
  • More efficient procedure time, thus less time under anesthesia.

The monitoring equipment and safety precautions used are exactly the same as hospital-based anesthesia. Typically, we tend to work with healthy patients in a dentist’s office. We will collect health information to assure you or your loved ones are good candidates for office-based anesthesia. We expect all patients to go home within a short time of their surgical procedure.

Is office-based anesthesia safe?

Yes, all of our anesthesia providers employ exactly the same monitoring standards and equipment in your dentist’s office as we would use in a hospital. A dentist anesthesiologist and their team will be in constant attendance, and full resuscitation equipment and medications are immediately available. All of our anesthesiologists come equipped to handle any anesthesia-related emergency. In the unlikely event an emergency does occur, CarePoint follows strict emergency protocols to assure the best possible outcomes.

Is anesthesia for dental procedures really necessary?

Each individual responds differently in their dentist’s chair. If you or your loved one is unable or unwilling to cooperate enough for your dentist to achieve his or her treatment goals, there needs to be a discussion between you and your dentist about how to achieve this. Your dentist will consult with both you and our team when he or she decides that the best way to work on you or your loved one’s teeth is with the use of sedation/anesthesia.

 

Office-based anesthesia helps to prevent possible trauma, reduce dental anxiety and possibly improve overall safety. Every patient’s unique treatment plan and circumstances are taken into account to ensure that they receive a high-quality experience.

What are the risks of anesthesia?

There are risks with everything we do in life from driving our cars, flying in airplanes and even going into public spaces. The risk of anesthesia can range from very minor to serious. With today’s technology and medications, combined with the expertise of our anesthesia providers, you are statistically more likely to get injured while traveling to your appointment than having a serious complication under anesthesia. We always weigh the risks/benefits of the anesthesia in order to put our patient’s in the safest situation possible. These risks will be discussed prior to any appointment and our team is available to answer any questions you may have. Again, there are risks with any procedure but anesthesia in dentistry performed by trained specialists is incredibly safe.

Is anesthesia safe for young kids?

Millions of children receive anesthesia every day for many different reasons, and safety is our utmost priority. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure each child’s comfort and safety. A thorough review of the patient’s health history will be completed to ensure that office-based anesthesia can be safely completed and is in the patient’s best interest.

What are some of the benefits of anesthesia?

  1. Dental treatment can be transformed into a relaxing and comfortable experience, as sensation, awareness, and recall are minimized or completely eliminated making it possible for the patient to not feel or remember any of the procedure.
  2. It can diminish fear and anxiety for phobic patients.
  3. Children and others who are unable to cooperate for standard dental work are able to undergo treatment in a caring manner.
  4. It helps combat a hyperactive gag reflex and can permit patients with a low pain threshold, or the inability to get numb to tolerate dental care.
  5. Extensive or intensive dental work can be completed comfortably and expeditiously.
  6.  Patients save time and money compared to treatment in the hospital setting.
  7. It reduces the stress of dental work for patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease, hypertension, asthma, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and autism.
  8. It is safely performed in the comfort of the dentist’s office, and the patient goes home after treatment.

Who can I call with questions?

For any general questions, please call to speak with our Patient Coordinator at 720-606-4220.

Preoperative Questions

What can I expect during the preoperative phase of care?

You will be contacted before the procedure by our staff to help determine whether you or your child is a suitable candidate for office-based anesthesia. Closer to the date (usually the night before), your anesthesiologist will attempt to contact you and discuss any questions you might have.

 

On the day of the procedure, the anesthesiologist will meet with you and/or your loved one before they go into the procedure room. A pre-op physical will be completed, food/drink restrictions will be confirmed and all questions will be addressed. Our providers strive to make this process the most enjoyable, relaxing and fun experience possible to reduce the overall level of stress that you or your loved one may be experiencing.

How do I secure my appointment?

To secure your appointment, please call our office today at 720-606-4220 to make your payment.

What forms do I need to fill out?

To ensure we have all the information needed for your appointment, please click on the link below and complete your patient registration. You will need to complete all forms in the link and click submit for us to receive all documentation needed for your appointment.

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Do I need to pay a deposit?

Pediatric General Anesthesia Patients

For patients 20 years or younger, we require payment in full for 2 hours of anesthesia or less no later than 2 business days prior to their appointment date. Additional fees will be collected in full on the date of surgery if anesthesia time is over two hours. Please click on the link below to pay for your procedure. We accept all major credit cards, CareCredit, HSA/FSA. Please contact us at (720)-606-4220 with any questions that you may have concerning this.

 

Adult General Anesthesia Patients

For patients 21 years and older, we require a $500 deposit that is non-refundable no later than 2 business days prior to the appointment date, with the remaining balance to be paid in full on the day of surgery. Depending on the length of the surgery being performed, will determine how much the remaining balance will be for anesthesia. Please click on the link below to pay for your deposit. We accept all major credit cards, CareCredit, HSA/FSA. Please contact us at (720)-606-4220 with any questions that you may have concerning this.

What are the eating and drinking guidelines?

  • Appointments Before 11:00 AM:
    Nothing to eat or drink beginning 8 hours prior to anesthesia. Medications may be taken at least 2 hours prior with a SMALL sip of water.
  • Appointments After 11:00 AM:
    Nothing to eat beginning 8 hours prior to anesthesia.

May drink water or Sprite ONLY up until 4 hours prior to anesthesia. Medications may be taken at least 2 hours prior with a SMALL sip of water.

Why can't I eat or drink anything before my appointment?

When a person is anesthetized, certain bodily reflexes no longer work. One of those reflexes is keeping stomach contents out of the lungs. Therefore, if someone goes to sleep with something in their stomach there is a chance for those contents to end up in the patient’s lungs (this is called aspiration). This can be catastrophic and sometimes fatal. In order to completely avoid this risk, we require the stomach to be empty prior to surgery.

What should my child wear?

We ask that your child wear loose, comfortable clothing in two, separate pieces (top and bottom) for their procedure.

Should I take my medications before coming for my procedure?

Each patient and their medical history are unique, and we will instruct you to either take or withhold some or all of your medications. It is usually okay to take your medications with a small sip of water 2 hours prior to surgery if instructed to do so by the anesthesiologist.

Do I need to have someone else with me?

If you are the patient, we ask that you have a responsible adult prepared to drive you home after your procedure. Parents/guardians of minor children are expected to remain at the dental office throughout their child’s procedure and prepared to drive the child home. Parents/guardians will need to plan to stay home with their child for the remainder of the day.

Who can I call with questions?

Please call us at 720-606-4220 with any additional questions you may have.

During the Procedure

What can I expect during the procedure?

The anesthesiologist will meet with the patient before they go into the exam room. Once the physical exam is complete and all questions have been addressed, the patient will go into the procedure room where a soft mask containing anesthetic gas will be used to help put the child to sleep. The patient will breathe in and out for 15-20 seconds until the patient is completely asleep. Once the patient is asleep the parents will be escorted to the waiting room. At that time the anesthesiologist will insert an IV catheter and a breathing tube will be placed.

 

This breathing tube is for the patient’s safety. It allows for a clear and dry passage for the patient to breathe through while simultaneously protecting their airway from dental debris, water or other foreign objects. During the procedure, the patient will be breathing on their own and the tube allows for a clear path to do so. This tube will be removed prior to the patient fully waking up. The patient will also have a blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, EKG, temperature monitoring and end-tidal CO2 monitoring in place. These will all be monitored by the anesthesiologist throughout the duration of the patient’s procedure. The anesthesiologist will be one-on-one with the patient and present the entire time the patient is under anesthesia. Once the procedure is complete, the anesthesiologist will begin to wake the patient up and remove the IV and breathing tube. The patient will be in the recovery room for 20 to 45 minutes after the procedure until our criteria for discharge have been met. Your anesthesiologist will go over post-op care instructions and discharge paperwork. Once the patient has been discharged, they will be free to leave the clinic.

Will I be allowed back with my child?

Parents are not permitted in the procedure room during the treatment. However, parents are with their child as they go to sleep and are encouraged to join their children before they fully wake up while in recovery.

How will I or my child fall asleep?

The anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia through a face mask that will cover the patient’s nose and The patient will breathe in and out for 15-20 seconds with the mask on their face until the patient is completely under anesthesia. After 3 or 4 breaths the patient will not remember anything until they begin to wake up.

Adult patients - Will I have anything in my throat for the procedure?

There are several different ways to perform general anesthesia. Upon the discretion of the anesthesiologists, you may or may not have an endotracheal (inside the windpipe) tube, an LMA (laryngeal mask airway, which is a mask placed in the throat), nasopharyngeal airway (placed in the nose) or a protective throat screen. This depends on individual patients, medical histories, and the type of procedure to be performed. Your anesthesiologist will go over the specifics of your anesthetic plan before your surgery.

Who is monitoring me/my child while they are asleep?

The anesthesiologist will be monitoring the patient second-by-second during the procedure with all the standard monitors in place, which include (blood pressure, pulse oximeter, EKG, temperature monitoring and end-tidal CO2 monitoring.)

What medications are used to keep me/my child asleep?

The anesthesiologist can go over these with each individual based on the anesthetic plan. Our doctors are trained in numerous forms of anesthesia and they will pick the best and safest regimen for you or your child.

How long will the procedure last?

The procedure time will vary depending on the dental work needed for the We recommend that the patient follow up with their dental office regarding an estimated procedure time.

When will I be able to go back with my child?

Once the procedure is complete, the anesthesiologist will begin to wake the patient up and remove the IV and breathing tube. Once the patient is moved into the recovery room and the anesthesiologist is ready, parent(s) will be allowed back to be with their child.

Who can I call with questions?

Please call us at 720-606-4220 with any additional questions you may have.

Postoperative Questions

What can I expect during the postoperative phase of care?

Your anesthesiologist will go over post-op care instructions and discharge paperwork. Once the patient has been discharged, they will be free to leave the clinic.

How long will it take for me/my child to recover from anesthesia?

The patient will be in the recovery room for 20 to 45 minutes after the procedure. Once home the patient will likely continue to recover. They must rest for the remainder of the day with limited physical activity.

Will I/my child be in pain after the procedure?

Patients may feel slightly groggy or tired for a few hours after their procedure. Although the patient may feel fine, their memory, coordination, and judgment may be impaired for the remainder of the day. All effects of anesthesia should be gone within 24 hours. Depending on the type and extent of the surgery, the patient may have varying amounts of discomfort. Pain management will be discussed at the end of the procedure and instructions will be provided.

Will I/my child be angry when coming out of anesthesia?

Each patient handles anesthesia differently. There is a possibility that the patient may be angry after anesthesia. Many times this “anger” is associated with the feeling of being disoriented and the mouth feeling different than it did before. We do everything possible to try and wake the child smoothly to minimize this disorientation.

Will I/my child be nauseous after anesthesia?

Each patient handles anesthesia differently. There is a possibility that the patient may be nauseous after anesthesia. Nausea can be a very common complication of anesthesia. If you or your child gets nauseous easily please let your anesthesia provider know.

What are the common side effects of anesthesia?

Side effects vary from person to person, the most common side effects include nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and physical and mental impairment. These effects are generally mild and short-lived.

Will I/my child be able to eat or drink after anesthesia?

It is recommended that clear liquids are given or offered as soon as possible as your child requests and tolerates it. Other liquids and food should be advanced as the child tolerates it. Sometimes your child may vomit or become nauseous as food and liquid are given – this is why it is important to start to clear liquids first to ensure they can tolerate the next level of intake. Encourage as much fluid intake as possible throughout the day as this will help your child recover from the medications he or she has received. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CHILD NOT BECOME DEHYDRATED. The lasting effects of the medications combined with a state of dehydration can become a dangerous situation.

Can I/my child resume normal activities after anesthesia?

Do not participate in physically demanding activities including but not limited to sports, dancing, swimming, bicycle riding, snow sports, gymnastics, and general horseplay. Although you may appear to be fully awake and alert and requesting to participate in such activities, coordination and the ability to react and respond during physical activity may continue to be impaired and lead to unintended injuries.

Who can I call with questions?

Please call us at 720-606-4220 with any additional questions you may have.

FINANCIAL/PAYMENT QUESTIONS

What is the cost for anesthesia?

The total anesthesia fee will be dependent upon the length of dental treatment being performed and can be confirmed after the appointment. Please contact your dental office for an estimate of the procedure length.

Who do I pay?

To make a payment please call the Patient Care Coordinator at 720-606-4220.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Pediatric General Anesthesia Patients

For patients 20 years or younger, we require payment in full for 2 hours of anesthesia or less no later than 2 business days prior to their appointment date. Additional fees will be collected in full on the date of surgery if anesthesia time is over two hours. Please click on the link below to pay for your procedure. We accept all major credit cards, CareCredit, HSA/FSA. Please contact us at (720)-606-4220 with any questions that you may have concerning this.

 

Adult General Anesthesia Patients

For patients 21 years and older, we require a $500 deposit that is non-refundable no later than 2 business days prior to the appointment date, with the remaining balance to be paid in full on the day of surgery. Depending on the length of the surgery being performed, will determine how much the remaining balance will be for anesthesia. Please click on the link below to pay for your deposit. We accept all major credit cards, CareCredit, HSA/FSA. Please contact us at (720)-606-4220 with any questions that you may have concerning this.

Do you accept insurance?

CarePoint Anesthesia Group is a fee-for-service practice and currently out-of-network with all private insurance companies. CarePoint Anesthesia Group does not manage insurance claims; however, you are welcome to submit your independent reimbursement claim. Please click on the Patient Insurance Guide below to further explain how this process works.

 

Do I need a pre-authorization for reimbursement benefits?

Please call your insurance company to determine if a prior authorization is required in order to submit a claim for reimbursement for our anesthesia fee. If your insurance does require this, please complete the Prior-Authorization form below in its entirety. Please email or fax the completed form to info@carepointanesthesia.com or (720) 606-4221. CarePoint Anesthesia Group will then complete and forward a prior authorization claim on behalf of the patient to your insurance company. Please note that it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up with your insurance company to determine if the prior authorization has been approved.

 

Patient Insurance Guide Prior Authorization

How likely is it that I will get reimbursed by my insurance?

Each patient’s insurance coverage/ benefits are different. We cannot guarantee that the patients insurance plan will offer any reimbursement.

Will I get a receipt of payment?

Upon patient request, we are happy to send you a receipt for all payments made.

Who can I call with questions?

Please call us at 720-606-4220 with any additional questions you may have.