After Sedation Instructions for Companion & Patient

  • 1. Patient cannot drive for 24 hours after taking sedation medication
  • 2. Patient should not go up and down stairs unattended. Let the patient stay on the ground floor until recovered.
  • 3. Having nutrition after sedation is important. If the patient is hungry now, they can eat something light. Remember, they are still numb and should not try eating anything that would be difficult to chew. After they have recovered from the sedation it is important that they eat and rehydrate. If there are any restrictions on the type of food that can be eaten, Dr. Todd will let you know. The patient should drink plenty of water or other uncaffeinated drinks tonight as well.
  • 4. Always hold the patient’s arm while walking.
  • 5. Call us if you have any questions or difficulties. If you feel that your symptoms warrant a physician and you are unable to reach us, go to the closest emergency room immediately.
  • 6. Drive directly home and please call the office when you arrive at home and the patient is comfortable and safe.
  • 7. If Dr. Todd anticipates any pain you will be given appropriate pain relievers or prescriptions. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen will be recommended consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil). These two medications taken together will be as effective as a narcotic without any of the side effects of narcotics.
  • 8. Patient may seem alert when He /She leaves. This may be misleading so do not leave them alone until they are in the house and resting.