Oral Sedation – This technique involves the use of oral medications and local anaesthetic injections similar to those used by your dentist for dental treatment. The oral medications are usually taken the night before surgery and 1 hour prior to your procedure.
These will be prescribed at the consultation appointment. You will need another adult to accompany you to the procedure and to take you home afterwards. The local anaesthetic which is injected around the surgery site usually lasts for about two hours following injection. During surgery you will not feel any pain but pressure sensations are unavoidable.
It is important to realise that you will not be asleep or unconscious during this procedure. However you will feel more relaxed during the procedure. The after effects of local anaesthesia are no different to having fillings done by your dentist but unavoidably there will be discomfort and pain after the surgery when the local anaesthetic has worn off, for which analgesics (pain killers) will be prescribed.
There are also after effects from the oral medications which you will be advised about. You are not allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Intravenous Sedation – This technique is commonly used and generally requires a day stay in our rooms or hospital. During your surgery you will be attended to by a specialist anaesthetist who will assess your medical status and administer the appropriate anaesthetic medications.
A small needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm or hand after you come into the operating theatre and the medication will be given through this needle directly into your bloodstream. During your operation you will be sedated but able to follow our directions.
You maybe able to remember small parts of the operation but mostly these are pleasant memories. Usually your first recollection is about half an hour after the operation is over. For most operations around the mouth and jaws a local anaesthetic is given to you at the time of operation while you are sedated and this will mean that your lips and tongue may be very numb when you become fully aware after the operation.
The anaesthetist, along with a trained recovery sister, will supervise your awakening after the operation is finished. You are not allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure.