Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the process of sedation.

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CAN ANY DOCTOR ADMINISTER SEDATION?

Training in the field of sedation is imperative and therefore only well trained doctors should provide sedation.   Most anesthetists, with experience in sedation, and GP’s...

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WILL MY MEDICAL AID PAY FOR THE SEDATION PROCEDURE?

Sedation practitioners have a good understanding with most medical aids and they are aware of the advantages sedation has for their members and their member’s...

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WILL I BE ABLE TO DRIVE OR GO TO WORK AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

You should be able to leave the aftercare in 15 to 40 minutes. You should refrain from driving, signing any legal documents, operate heavy machinery or...

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WILL I FEEL ILL AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Nausea is very seldom experienced, as one of the drugs used in sedation, has a strong anti emetic effect. In conscious sedation no gasses are...

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WAKE UP AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

It depends on the drugs used, the individual response to the drugs and the time under sedation.  In conscious sedation you are never really ‘asleep’...

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IF I’M “CONSCIOUS” DURING THE PROCEDURE – WILL I FEEL PAIN?

The goal of sedation is to control anxiety and pain during medical procedures. The drugs used, and the injection of local anesthetics can effectively block...

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SEDATION VERSUS GENERAL ANESTHETIC?

Sedation is the reduction of irritability or agitation by administration of sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a medical procedure or diagnostic procedure.  In other words, sedation is partial suppression...

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IS SEDATION SAFE?

The simple answer, yes.  Sedation is a safe alternative to General Anesthesia in the trained and equipped doctors' hands.   Our team of doctors have been trained...

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WHAT IS THE EMLA PATCH?

EMLA is a mixture of two local anesthetics, lignocaine and prilocaine. These local anesthetics are combined with special agents which allow the products to pass...

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YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS WITH SEDATION CONNECT

You or your surgeon has chosen Sedation Connect  to look after your anesthetic/sedation care.   Feel assured that you are in safe hands with us.   In order for us to provide a service exceeding expectations we need you to understand the process and to provide us with some information.  Feel free to use this site as an information hub for you as the patient to familiarize yourself with the process of sedation.

Pre & Post Sedation Instruction

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. The patient is NOT allowed to eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to the procedure.  The patient may have small amounts of clear fluid like sugar water or clear apple juice (no more than 150ml). This should also...

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Feeling sick or unwell?

In order to practice safe sedation it is important to note that under certain circumstances we might need to reschedule. To avoid any inconvenience, please see below. If the patient has 2 or more of the following symptoms, please let us know for possible rescheduling:

Nasal congestion/runny nose

Malaise/Fatigue/Body pains

Temperature > 38 degrees

Sore throat

Sneezing

Coughing