Having an endoscopy can seem frightening, but the procedure is probably a lot easier than you might expect. However, if you’re feeling anxious about your private endoscopy, here are a few tips to help you to relax.
Choosing the right clinic
One of the most important things you can do is to choose the right clinic. It can be a good idea to arrange a private endoscopy as you won’t to wait so long for the procedure. The right private clinic can help you to relax by offering a calm, comfortable environment where you’ll receive the highest quality of care. Make sure that you have a doctor who takes the time to explain the procedure, answer your questions, and reassure you if you’re worried.
It can also help to think of some ways that you can take your mind off the procedure. You might want to find a box set, book or other distraction to keep you occupied before the procedure, especially as you won’t be able to eat. Having something else to think about during the procedure itself can also help. You might want to try reciting the multiplication tables in your head, visualizing yourself in your favourite location, or remembering the words of your favorite songs
Should you have a sedative?
Another option that can help you to relax during your private endoscopy is to have a sedative. Although you’ll still be awake for the procedure, the medication will help you to feel calmer and less aware of what’s going on. It can even make your memories of the endoscopy less clear. Sedatives are routinely used for some kinds of endoscopy, but for procedures like gastroscopy you’ll be able to choose whether you want one or not. You should discuss the decision with your doctor, as it depends on your health, the purpose of the endoscopy, and whether you think the sedative will make you feel calmer about the procedure.