- Super fast healing
- Stay shorter time overseas
- Get back to work quicker
- Less discomfort and pain
- Less risk
Twilight Sedation is also known as IV sedation or Conscious sedation, and is a combination of an intravenous sedative and a local anesthesia. Under Twilight Sedation, you remain fully awake and can respond to questions and instructions. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you know what’s going on, though – you’ll be sleepy and relaxed. You typically won’t remember the procedure or the short period of time following it, though you will feel a little euphoric.
How long this sedation lasts depends on the drugs administered – it may be as few as 5 or 10 minutes, an hour or more. Recovery is speedy, and you won’t usually have the side effects associated with general anesthesia, such as vomiting and nausea.
Local anesthesia is used to make the area of the body, where the procedure will be performed, insensitive to pain. It typically provides both analgesia and paralysis by blocking the nerves’ impulses so they can’t travel to the brain, but patients may still feel pressure and sensation. Local anesthesia usually wears off within four to five hours. The pain relief lasts longer than the actual procedure most of the time, and there are little side effects, if any at all.
Since Twilight Sedation involves a two-pronged approach, pain management is not an issue. This type of surgical pain control is considered very safe. In fact, surgeons prefer this method because it tends to have fewer side effects than other methods that can be used.
After just a few hours after the operation, you will be able to get up and walk around. Bandages will be removed after 3 days, and stitches on the 6th day. The surgeon typically gives the go ahead for patients to go home on the 10th day.
Gaining a better understanding of Twilight Sedation and understanding the benefits of going this route, most people agree that this method is generally safer and provides the platform for quicker recovery too.
Myths about Twilight Sedation
- You can feel everything but paralyzed to communicate
- You can remember every bit of the surgery
- It affects your memory later
- It is painful and discomforting
- It is not necessarily safer
- You don’t wake up as rapidly as claimed
- Light general anaesthesia is better than twilight sedation
- Overused local anaesthesia can be toxic and cause airway emergency