Patients are understandably concerned about anesthesia cost for surgery. This varies based on the type of procedure you are undergoing as well as the treatment plan your medical team has decided is most sensible for you. At SleepGuardian, we do our best to ensure that you receive the necessary medical procedures you need without the burden of a hefty bill. While your health and safety remain our top priority, we are mindful that it is important to keep in mind that anesthesia services can add up. Contact our office in Virginia today at 844.904.4742 to speak with a trained staff member who can address your budgeting concerns.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia numbs a small area of the body. It is commonly used for dental procedures, cataract surgery, and skin biopsies. Keep in mind, you remain awake during any procedure using only local anesthesia.
Regional anesthesia is used to prevent feeling pain in a larger portion of the body. This might mean your arm or even a larger section of your torso. Be mindful that you remain conscious during a procedure using only regional anesthesia. Your medical team may decide to use sedation in addition to a regional anesthetic. Regional anesthesia is used in multiple procedures related to childbirth, hip and knee surgery, and surgeries for extremities such as a hand or foot.
General Anesthesia (GA)
General anesthesia results in a person being unconscious and unable to feel pain or discomfort during a medical procedure. General anesthesia is most often used for more invasive surgeries. However, it is always used in circumstances when patients feel extreme anxiety and distress surrounding a procedure.
Sedation relaxes the body into a state of natural sleep. That being said, a person can easily be taken out of this state. Your medical team will help you decide if light, moderate, or deep sedation is a more appropriate choice given your particular situation. Deep sedation is provided by an anesthesia professional as your breathing may be affected as a result of using stronger anesthetic medications. Under deep sedation, a person is significantly more asleep than with light or moderate sedation. Still, even under deep sedation, a person is not entirely unconscious. Under deep sedation, you are less likely to remember the procedure after it is complete.
The Cost of General Anesthesia (GA)
The cost of General Anesthesia (GA) can vary. However, it is usually around $400 for the first 30 minutes and then another $150 for each additional 15 minutes. This can vary based on your personal circumstances. In most cases, the cost does not exceed $1000.
A key factor in determining the cost of this type of care is where the procedure is performed. Patients pay a premium in order to have their procedure take place in a hospital setting when that may not be necessary. Having your procedure take place outside a conventional hospital setting can significantly reduce costs.
Types of Surgery that Require Anesthesia
SleepGuardian’s physician anesthesiologists work directly with your doctors during any procedure or surgery. Before conducting our office-based anesthesia procedure, our medical experts work with a team of doctors to best assess all patients’ health and ensure well-being. The following types of surgery often require anesthesia:
- Oral surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Urological procedures
- Spine injections
Reasons to Choose SleepGuardian For Sedation Dentistry
SleepGuardian’s highly skilled medical professionals have high levels of training in anesthesia and emergency management. It’s important to keep in mind that an office setting does not detract from the level of care. Our team brings hospital-level care and safety into a private office setting to keep patients safe and comfortable during procedures. Providing a familiar and calm environment location allows each patient to receive personalized treatment in a safe space. The small office setting also cuts down on time it takes for dentists to complete a procedure.
SleepGuardian Procedures and Insurance Coverage
SleepGuardian bills your health insurance carrier for the anesthesia service. The anesthesia service is a separate and distinct claim from any surgical claim issued to your health insurance carrier by the physician specialist. If the anesthesia service is not a covered benefit provided by your health insurance carrier, you are responsible for the anesthesia service balance, and you are mailed a bill for the anesthesia service. SleepGuardian accepts several common forms of payment. We encourage you to reach out to your insurance provider about coverage concerns.
Find a Virginia Anesthesiologist
At SleepGuardian in Virginia, we offer office-based or non-hospital anesthesia services for surgical procedures across a wide range of specialties. Our physician anesthesiologists work with healthcare providers throughout the state to make sure that every procedure is safe, comfortable, and effective.
We understand budgeting is an important factor when making decisions. At the end of the day, your health and safety matter most of all. We make sure to provide the best service we can at an affordable price. SleepGuardian physicians are committed to tailoring treatment plans to individuals so that each procedure will have the best possible results. We pay extra attention to safety and your comfort before, during, and after your procedure.