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Conscious sedation (aka intravenous sedation, twilight anaesthesia) makes you relax and allays anxiety during your procedure. It is NOT a general anaesthetic. The aim is to keep you conscious and comfortable. You will be sufficiently awake to be able to converse with your surgeon throughout but you will usually have little, if any, recollection of events afterwards.
Sedative drugs are given as an injection in your hand or arm. The sedation technique used for your treatment needs to be administered by an anaesthetist. An anaesthetist is a medically qualified doctor who undertakes extensive postgraduate training in the field of anaesthetics and sedation. All our anaesthetists are Consultants with years of experience.
Advantages of Conscious Sedation
Conscious Sedation Questions
There is a small chance that you may become over sedated. To make the procedure as safe and as comfortable for you, the Consultant Anaesthetist is with you throughout. He is constantly adjusting the amount of sedative you receive depending on how you respond.
Occasionally following the procedure, a slight bruise or a small lump may appear at the site of the injection in your hand or arm. This is normally nothing to be concerned about, but should you be concerned or the area is painful please contact the clinic for advice.
- You must avoid eating solid food and milky drinks for 6 hours prior to your appointment for sedation. Water, squash and black tea or black coffee can be consumed up to 2 hours before your sedation.
- You must take your routine medicines at the usual time, unless advised otherwise, and bring them with you (including inhalers).
On arrival at the clinic/hospital, you will be admitted to your own bay/room and the nurse and anaesthetist will ask questions about your medical and previous anaesthetic history. The procedure and sedation technique will be explained to you and any questions or concerns that you may have will be answered.
You will be given oral paracetamol/codydramol for pain relief and asked to change into a gown. You will then be taken to the operating room. Monitoring will be attached and the anaesthetist will insert a small cannula into one of your veins on the back of the hand or arm and commence your sedation.
At the end of the procedure you will be transferred back to your own bay/room. Occasionally, you may be advised to have a pain-killing suppository, diclofenac, at the end of the procedure. If this is the case, consent will be sought beforehand.
You will be able to go home once you have had a drink, something to eat and have been to the bathroom.
This is usually included in your package fee. If your package fee does not include conscious sedation, the additional fee is between £1000 to £2000, depending on the length of the surgery.
Pre & Post Sedation Instructions
Before your Conscious Sedation you must tell us if you are:
- Undergoing treatment for a medical condition
- You must phone and inform the clinic if you develop a cold or chest problems or if there is any change to your health or medication.
For 24 hours after having conscious sedation you must:
- You must not Drive
- You must not take a bus or taxi or be unescorted home without a responsible adult.
- You must not be driven home as a passenger on a motorcycle or bicycle.
- Do not operate machinery (this also means cooking and making hot drinks).
- Do not make any important decisions (e.g. sign business or legal documents).
- Do not undertake any strenuous activity.
- Do not consume alcohol.
- You must not be responsible for children
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