Frequently Asked Questions

How does sedation differ from general anesthesia?

With sedation the patient is not unconscious. The patient feels comfortable, relaxed free from anxiety and pain. Patients can be aroused by verbal communication or light stimuli if need to be. With general anesthesia the patient is unconscious and cannot be communicated with. General anesthesia can only be done inside a hospital in an operating theater.

How long does it take to recover after a procedure?

Because sedation is done outside the operating theatre recovery is very quick. However patients may differ in their response to drugs. Recovery is usually about 30 minutes. The sedation practitioner will carefully monitor the patient as to fitness for discharge.

What side effects can one get after sedation?

The usual side effects after general anesthesia include nausea and vomiting, pain, headaches, sore throat, shivering and drowsiness. The incidence of these side effects are significantly lower with sedation than with general anesthesia.

How should I spend my time after the procedure?

All patients receive written instructions what they are allowed to do. There must be a responsible adult that can accompany the patient home.

Will my medical aid pay for the sedation?

There are medical aids that cover services for sedation. Sometimes these are covered from the day to day expenses. Patients are advised to contact their medical aid before the procedure to obtain authorization. Payment arrangements can also be accommodated.

Will I feel pain if I am conscious during the procedure?

No. In procedures done under sedation the use of a local anesthetic will be administered once sedated thus blocking the pain. The goal of sedation is to control anxiety and pain during the procedure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any other information regarding sedation.

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