What can I expect during the exploration?
The doctor or nurse will explain the procedure and will answer any questions you have. They will provide a medical questionnaire where you will inform them of any relevant medical conditions, like: allergies to food (eggs in particular) or any allergies drugs. Additionally, the will ask you to sign an authorization document for the procedure.
The nurse will provide you with a patient gown and will request that you remove your glasses or dentures (if applicable).
Next, you will be placed in a proper and comfortable position lying on your left side; the doctor will apply a local anesthetic spray in your throat. Additionally, you will be provided with a mouth-piece to protect your teeth. Next, you will be administered an intra-venous sedative that will help you relax and fall asleep. The doctor will then proceed to introduce the endoscope through your mouth and into the throat. The endoscope does not hamper breathing or cause any pain.
The exploration last between 10 to 15 minutes.