Conscious sedation is a type of anesthesia that makes the patient feel very relaxed. It reduces painful sensations and the awareness of pain. It is not intended to put the patient to sleep, and will wear off quickly after a procedure. Conscious sedation is commonly used for simple procedures that can be completed quickly.
The type and amount of anesthesia used depends on the patient's need. An anesthesia provider will consider the patient’s health, medication use, allergies, medical history and past use of anesthesia to decide what is best for the patient. The patient will be monitored closely throughout the procedure.
Conscious sedation may be given to the patient through a needle or an IV. It can also be given orally as a pill. Conscious sedation makes the patient feel relaxed and groggy, and often the patient will fall asleep. A sleeping patient can be awakened easily to respond to questions and commands. The patient will not remember pain from the procedure.
When the anesthesia wears off, some side effects are common. Patients may feel sleepy and confused. They may have a headache or feel nauseous. These symptoms usually go away quickly.
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