SEDATION FOR ENDOSCOPY
Most procedures at the DEC are performed with sedation given through a small plastic tube (an IV cannula) in the arm. The drug used for sedation is generally Propofol, although midazolam may be used at the discretion of the anaesthetist. Oxygen is administered but no intubation or anaesthetic gases are used. Oxygen is given through little tubes in the nose. After sedation you still breath by yourself and no tube into the airway (intubation) is required.
The sedation is light and you may have some recollection of the procedure. This is normal, especially when Propofol only is administered.
Your pulse, blood pressure and oxygen level are routinely monitored.
Potential complications of intravenous sedation are much rarer than with general anaesthesia.