Local with intravenous Sedation vs General Anaesthetic
Surgery will usually be performed under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation, or general anaesthesia.
Local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation is performed in our rooms utilizing state of the art techniques and monitoring equipment. After you are sedated and completely relaxed, local anaesthetic is used to numb the mouth as required so that the procedure is painless. In most cases patients cannot remember any of the surgery that has been performed. This technique has the advantage of being very cost effective compared with general anaesthesia.
General anaesthesia is performed in a day-stay hospital and involves you being completely asleep throughout the entire procedure. This is usually for patients who are extremely anxious, or if your surgeon recommends it due to the complexity of your treatment.
Dr Luyk or Dr Cathro will discuss with you during your consultation the anaesthesia options and with your input, together we will decide the most appropriate option for your surgery