Sedation Anaesthesia, what is it?
Written by Dr. Julian De Silva
Sedation anaesthesia, also known as “twilight anaesthesia,” which is a combination of local anaesthesia and sedative medications.
Our patients literally sleep through their surgery, just like when you sleep at night, however, brought on with medicines.
At the centre, we have developed our own specialised form of twilight anaesthesia, based on practices in the USA. This sophisticated sedation uses tiny amounts of four to five sedation medications that cumulatively give a relaxing and safe experience to avoid the risks and side effects of general anaesthesia.
In the NHS sedation can mean having a single medication (commonly midazolam) this is limited in effectiveness; Dr De Silva’s team use a more sophisticated form of sedation.
Our patients, by definition, are conscious and breathing themselves, but very relaxed and often euphoric, and typically patients do not remember the procedure.
The recovery period is much shorter than general anaesthesia, with most patients able to leave between 30 to 60 minutes following the procedure.
This is the most advanced sedation technique available, the highest level of safety and speed of recovery.
Dr De Silva considers this the best option for patients undergoing facelift and neck lift surgery.
All our anaesthesiologists specialised in sedation, have completed thousands of cases and are trusted by Dr De Silva to sedate his friends and family.