Conscious Sedation for

Office-Based Surgery

Information for Dental Patients:

Thank you for allowing 922 Anesthesia to participate in your anesthesia care. Please carefully read what to expect and the risks of anesthesia outlined below. On the morning of your dental procedure, Dr. Moran will answer any additional questions you might have.

The Night Before Surgery: Please remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Moran.

On the Morning of Surgery: Dr. Moran will call you before surgery to discuss any medications that you take every day.

He will usually ask you to take any blood pressure medication that you normally take (except fluid pills) in the morning with enough water to get your pills down. He will be interested in any pills that you currently take for diabetes and will usually ask you to skip them.

If you take insulin, you and Dr. Moran will make a plan based on your usual doses of insulin and the scheduled time of your surgery. Metformin (Glucophage) for diabetes should be stopped at least 24 hours before your procedure. Medications like Phentermine for weight control should be stopped one week before anesthesia. If you have not had a phone consultation with Dr. Moran prior to your dental procedure, please call 901-432-0173 to discuss your medical history prior to taking or stopping any medications.

Who Will be Taking Care of Me? Dr. Eddie Moran (Edward Richard Moran Jr.) is a physician and board-certified anesthesiologist with over 25 years of experience. He currently holds an unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. He is the sole health care provider at 922 Anesthesia. Dr. Moran is also certified by the American Heart Association as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider and a Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider. His credentials are available for inspection by request.

Is In-Office Anesthesia Safe? You will be given the same level of anesthesia care that you would receive in a hospital by a board-certified physician anesthesiologist. Dr. Moran will be at your side throughout your dental procedure. He has the equipment, monitors, medications and experience needed to address most anesthetic challenges.

What Can I Expect On the Day of My Dental Appointment? After discussion of your medical history and a detailed physical examination, Dr. Moran will clean your skin, start a small IV and secure it with tape. You will be escorted to the treatment room. Your oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and level of consciousness will be continuously monitored and recorded at least every five minutes by Dr. Moran. You will be given extra oxygen through a small tube under your nose. Sedatives and narcotics will be administered in small doses to help you relax. Your dentist will usually numb the area of your procedure with a local anesthetic in addition to the sedation you will receive.   

Will I Remember My Dental Procedure? You should remain responsive during your procedure. Dr. Moran will make adjustments to your anesthetic based on your feedback and level of comfort. You probably will not remember your procedure because the sedatives also cause short-term amnesia.

How Will I Feel After My Dental Visit? You will be treated with medication to prevent pain and nausea. When your dentist is finished, you will be continuously monitored while you recover. Additional medications are available to treat most post-anesthesia symptoms.

Warning: Risk of Life Threatening Complications and Death: Any time you have any type of anesthesia, there is a small chance of serious complications, up to and including life-threatening organ, tissue, nerve or brain damage. Some anesthesia-related complications can cause death. Fortunately, serious complications are rare. Dr. Moran will be at your side for the entire time you are having your dental work completed. His only goal is to maximize your safety and comfort.

Informed Consent: Dr. Moran will explain the anesthesia procedures and answer all of your questions. He will ask you to read and sign a detailed consent form, giving permission for him to give you anesthesia and to use his medical judgment as required by the situation. You should have received a copy of the consent form and financial agreement attached to an e-mail with the link to this web page. If not, please call 901-432-0173 and we will send you a copy for you to read at your convenience and keep for your records.

Post-Operative Instructions: You will be given written and verbal instructions including two contact numbers for Dr. Moran in case of any post-procedure problems, complaints or questions related to your anesthesia. You will absolutely need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you. After your anesthesia, you should not operate heavy machinery, perform dangerous tasks, drink any alcohol, cook, or conduct legal business until the next day.

Financial Arrangements: We charge an hourly rate and have a minimum charge for one hour's time. Time begins with placement of the IV and ends when Dr. Moran is comfortable discharging you into someone else's care using standard medical criteria. We accept cash, money orders, cashier's checks and all major credit cards. Fees will be collected by us in advance. Please call for details.

Dr. Moran's office will file your insurance claim as a courtesy to you. He cannot guarantee any payment from them, but any payment will be forwarded to you in the form of a check after any remaining anesthesia fees are deducted. You may be asked to help us collect from your insurance company by filling out additional forms and calling them if needed. When we have exhausted our efforts to collect from your insurance company, (as determined solely by us), you will be responsible for collecting additional payments. You may be responsible for any deductible or co-insurance as required by your health insurance plan.

Dr. Moran is not a participating provider in any dental health plan and he does not participate in Care Credit or any other monthly payment plans.

Financial Responsibility: You will be responsible for payment for your anesthesia, medications and disposable supplies. Payment is due ten days prior to the procedure based on the time needed as predicted by your dentist.

If you dental procedure is more complicated than your dentist predicted, you may be billed for the additional anesthesia time after your procedure. Dr. Moran will discuss his fees with you prior to your dental procedure, allowing you to pay in advance by cash, check, credit card, HSA card or money order.

Any payment for unused time will be promptly refunded to you by check on the day of your appointment. All of your payments are refundable in the event that your appointment is cancelled, but we require a two-day notice in order to schedule another appointment in your place. Please call Gretchen at 901-432-0173 to make pre-payment arrangements.

Documents and Records: You will receive a written copy of any document that you are asked to sign. We will keep copies of your anesthesia records at our office. All of your medical information will be kept strictly confidential. We will be happy to provide you with a copy of your anesthesia record at your request.

Ask Dr. Moran: All information contained on this web site is for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you have any questions prior to your anesthesia please call Dr. Moran at 901-432-0173.

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