Is sedation analgesia (conscious sedation) safe?

When given appropriately, sedation analgesia or conscious sedation -- which induces a semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain surgical or medical procedures -- is safe and effective for many procedures done in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and doctors' or dentists' offices. Ask the physician performing your diagnostic or therapeutic procedure about which level of sedation is appropriate for you, and whether an anesthesiologist will be involved in your care. Remember that anesthesiologists are physicians trained to administer all levels of sedation, including general anesthesia, should it be necessary for your comfort or safety.

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