How IV Sedation Is Used for Advanced Balloon Sinuplasty Procedures
- Posted on: Oct 9 2018
Dr. Slaughter pioneered the use of IV sedation in the office for balloon sinuplasty procedures. As a Center of Excellence training center for ENT physicians nationally he has optimized and refined this approach to provide the ultimate in patient comfort and safety.
It may surprise patients to hear that most balloon sinuplasty procedures performed in ENT offices are done with mild oral sedation and local anesthesia only. Patients are aware and awake for these procedures and may suffer significant discomfort.
On the other hand, patients and ENT physicians alike do not want to add the risks and side effects of general anesthesia.
Balloon Sinuplasty and IV Sedation
The protocol the Dr. Slaughter uses is a perfect blend between those two approaches.
A board certified anesthesiologist uses intravenous sedation using propofol and Dr Slaughter uses great local anesthesia. This approach provides several significant advantages:
- No pain or awareness during the procedure
- No recollection of the procedure
- Very minimal pain after the procedure
- Safety of a board certified anesthesiologist providing sedation and monitoring
- Reduces anxiety
- Reduces bleeding during the procedure
- Allows Dr. Slaughter to be complete and thorough
- Typical side effects of a general anesthesia such as sore throat and nausea are extremely rare
- Rapid recovery with most patients able to leave within 15 minutes after the procedure
- The ability to perform advanced procedures along with the balloon procedure including septoplasty, turbinate reduction, polyp removal, and other indicated procedures
Have you decided to undergo balloon sinuplasty? We perform this procedure with care and comfort for our patients using IV sedation.
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If you are in need of a balloon sinuplasty and are interested in IV sedation, call us at (512) 601-0303 to schedule your consultation with us today!
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