Anesthesia Anesthesia protocol 

At Nevada Sinus Relief, it is a priority to provide our patients with a pleasant experience during his or her  procedure.  We have developed an anesthesia protocol to deliver excellent local anesthesia for all sinus and nasal cases.  In fact, Dr. Sikand was invited to publish and describe his anesthesia techniques in the widely circulated publication “Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”.  Since then, we have further refined our techniques to provide optimal comfort and safety during all procedures.

” I had sinus surgery in the office twice because of nasal polyps that keep coming back.  Only injections were done the first time. I definitely felt those and had some minor pain during the surgery.   The second time, I felt nothing since Dr. Sikand used the numbing gel.  It was much better this go around.” – Marilyn B.

Before arriving to the office

Our patients are instructed to take a small dose of Benadryl (50mg) two and a half hours before arriving to the office.  This can help prevent nausea and can also make you sleepy.  In some cases, Dr. Sikand may prescribe an anti-nausea medication such as Zofran (ondesetran) instead. Two hours prior to the procedure, a short acting Valium-like medicine called lorazepam is taken.  These  medications can cause drowsiness.  Therefore, someone should drive you to and from the office. Eat a light meal before taking them.

what happens during the numbing process?

Using the anesthesia system described below, we’ve been able to perform over a thousand sinus procedures in the office successfully and comfortably for our patients. In addition, the usual side effects of general anesthesia including nausea, vomiting, and discomfort from IV’s do not occur.  This protocol typically takes 10-15 minutes.

nasal endoscope or “telescope”  is used to visualize the areas within the nasal cavities where the procedure is to be performed.

  • The first phase of the anesthesia protocol involves using a topical anesthesia mist that is sprayed in the nose.
  • Next, a specially-developed anesthesia gel is spread over the nasal tissue.  This gel is similar to the topical numbing gel that is used at a dentist’s office.
  • After that, small pledgets (a small wad of absorbent cotton) may be placed near the sinus openings.  These pledgets have a different type of numbing medicine coating them.
  • A small amount of local anesthesia will be injected once those are placed.  This results in numbness of the sinus cavities.  Other structures including the turbinates and nasal septum will be numb.  Patients do not feel the injections because the area is already numb from the anesthetic gel.

how long do the numbing medications last?

The medications can cause temporary numbness in the mouth including the roof of the mouth and teeth.  A sensation that something stuck in your throat when swallowing can occur.  These sensations typically last about 1-3 hours.  Eating popsicles or sucking on ice chips to melt in the mouth can help soothe the throat until normal swallowing returns.  Avoid food and beverages until this feeling goes away.