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How is conscious sedation administered?

Sedation analgesia or conscious sedation -- a semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain surgical or medical procedures -- is usually administered through an intravenous catheter, or "I.V.," to relax you and to minimize any discomfort that you might experience. This is often used in combination with an injection of a local anesthetic, or "numbing medicine," at the site of surgery.

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