Sedation for Adults
Instructions before Sedations
If you suffer from any medical conditions or take any acute or chronic medicine, you will need to inform the doctor before the procedure/operation.
- Asthma suffers are requested to bring their inhalers to the appointment.
- Insulin-dependent diabetics must bring their blood glucose monitoring devices.
- Smoking and alcohol intake should be avoided for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Use of recreational drugs is not permitted for 48 hours prior to treatment.
- If you feel sick or unwell, please call the doctor/sedationist so that he can decide whether it is necessary to postpone the treatment.
- If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to remove your lenses.
- Please wear comfortable clothes with loose-fitting sleeves.
- Avoid heavy make up, nail varnish and jewellery
- Wear flat shoes as you may be slightly unsteady afterwards.
- Do not eat anything for at least 6 hours before the procedure/operation.
- Clear fluids may be taken up to 4 hours before.
- If you take chronic medication, please do so on the day of the procedure/operation, after discussing this with your sedationist.
- Please arrive in good time for your appointment, at least 15 minutes beforehand.
- Please empty your bladder before the procedure/operation.
- Please arrange for an responsible adult to take you home after the procedure.
- It will be nessasary to put a drip/cannula in a vein in your hand or arm.
Instructions after Sedations
A responsible adult must take you home after the sedation, and you must remain in the company of a responsible adult for the remainder of the day.
- Sedation will not be given if you arrive without an escort.
- Take your regular medication as usual.
- You should not experience nausea or vomiting after sedation. If you do vomit, and this happens more than once, please contact your doctor/sedationist.
- Introduce any fluids or foods slowly after sedation.
- If you tolerate clear fluids, you may then progress onto solids.
- Do not eat or drink if you are nauseous.
- Please do NOT take alcohol for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid breastfeeding for 24 hours afterwards.
- If you have not passed urine within 6-8 hours of being discharged, please contact the doctor/sedationist at the telephone numbers provided.
- The sedation may result in amnesia (loss of memory). This is temporary, sometimes lasting for a few hours. Other effects are: Drowsiness, lack of awareness, decrease in coordination.
- It can take up 24 hours for the sedative drugs to be eliminated from your body and for you to fully recover from the effects of sedation
- Drive a vehicle, swim or cycle,
- Use electrical equipment, cook, or operate machinery,
- Care for children or dependent adults,
- Make important decisions, sign important documents or perform complicated tasks,
- Use alcohol, sleeping tablets, tobacco or recreational drugs.