Sedation is used to help people feel relaxed and comfortable about having certain medical or dental procedures done. Sedation can be given in many ways; the medication can be taken as a drink, be breathed in or be given intra-venously (i.e. injected into a vein).
How does it work?
Your sedationist will use a variety of medications to ensure your comfort; they will tailor the sedation for you and your treatment. These medications act in different ways. If you want to learn more about the medications your sedationist plans to use please ask them – they will be very happy to answer any questions you may have.
Why do people have sedation?
Sedation is a very relaxing and pleasant way to have medical and dental procedures done. It makes time fly so a very long procedure will seem to have taken only a short time to a sedated patient whereas it may have taken many hours.
What happens during treatment?
It is best to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time so that all the necessary checks can be made and you do not arrive feeling rushed.
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Your sedationist will stay with you throughout the procedure, monitoring you carefully and topping up the medication to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout. After the treatment is completed your body will gradually get rid of the sedatives and you will wake up. Many treatments also require the use of a local anaesthetic injection so as you wake up you may be aware that part of your mouth or feels numb.
You must bring along an adult, your escort, who will be responsible for you after you leave the clinic. It is very important that you organise a suitable escort because your memory may not be back to normal. Your escort is there to ensure you arrive home safely and to look after you for a short while after the sedation until your memory is back to normal.
Sedation works well for the vast majority of people.
Patients with certain medical conditions may actually benefit from having sedation for their treatment as the decrease in anxiety can decrease the risk of them experiencing a worsening of their medical problem.
Your sedationist will take into account your health and medication in designing the safest and most effective sedation for you as an individual; to be able to do this they need to know quite a lot about what medications or drugs you take.
Please make sure you tell your sedationist if you are, or have been, taking sleeping tablets.
The sedationist will also need to know if you take or recreational drugs as these may interact with some of the sedatives; but please be reassured – anything you tell them is protected by doctor-patient confidentiality.
As with the administration of any medications, there are risks associated with having sedative medications. However, Dr Wraith is a medical doctor with training in anaesthesia and so will be able to quickly recognise and treat any problems that may arise.
Most sedationists will say between twelve and twenty-four hours or until the next day. Your sedationist will advise what is best for you given the type of sedation they have given you and your reaction to it – some people take longer to recover than others from the same dose and combination of agents.
The vast majority of patients feel really good after a sedation; relaxed but a bit tired. Most patients go home, have something light to eat and drink have a sleep for a few hours after which they usually feel more ‘with it’. The rest of the day should be spent relaxing at home, reading a book, watching TV, sitting in the garden – the choice is yours but please ensure that you take it easy.
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