It is not uncommon to feel anxious before a scheduled or planned medical treatment or procedure.
If you are having a procedure a number of pain relief and sedation options are available to help address your concerns and reduce or minimize pain and discomfort during your treatment.
Make sure you tell our staff if you are feeling anxious about your procedure and we can tailor your pre-procedure care and pain relief options to address these concerns.
For minor procedures such as surgery, laser and light treatments, dressing changes along with cosmetic procedures we offer a range of pain relief and (conscious or light) sedation options. These can help you relax and reduce or block pain.
Options available include:
Local anaesthetic injections and nerve blocks
Inhalation or gas sedation (nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas and Penthrox® or methoxyfluorane)
‘Premed’ anxiolytic and pain relieving medications
If you are having a procedure, consider having someone come with you. Tell our staff if you plan to travel home alone or drive home.
This will be offered to you before potentially painful injections and some laser treatments to numb the skin’s surface layers. It will be suggested that you arrive between 30 (-60min) before your scheduled procedure to have the cream applied in the surgery.
Inhalation or gas sedation
When appropriate we offer two forms of inhalation or gas sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and Penthrox® (methoxyfluorane). This will incur an additional charge ($65-75).
These help you feel relaxed and help reduce pain. Nitrous oxide is also nicknamed ‘laughing gas’ as it can also lead to feelings of euphoria. They can also result in mild amnesia (forgetfulness of what happened during the procedure) and sleepiness.
These are in the form of gas or volatile liquids that are inhaled for their beneficial effects. Although safe when correctly administered, caution will be taken if you have a history of lung, muscular or neurological disease.
Although these agents are ‘short acting’ meaning their effects wear off quickly, your motor skills and attention may be impaired for 15-30minutes (nitrous oxide gas vs methoxyfluorane) after using these agents. We will generally keep you at the office during this time when you are not allowed to drive.
Medications may also be offered that reduce anxiety and pain. Some of these can affect your motor skill and attention and you will need an escort or someone to take you home after the procedure if you are given one of these.