What should I expect after receiving conscious sedation?

Lisa Moment
Lisa Moment on behalf of Sigma Nursing

After receiving conscious sedation you will be recovered by nursing staff until you are alert and oriented, your vital signs are stable, you are able to urinate, and you can tolerate fluid and food. Generally, this takes one or two hours. However, every person is different and some people require more time to recover. Recovery time can also depend on how much medication was received during conscious sedation and the age of the person.

When you are discharged, you will need to have a driver because you should not drive for 24 hours after receiving sedation medications. You will be instructed to not drink alcohol, operate heavy equipment, or sign any contracts for the next 24 hours. You will also need to have someone stay with you if any problems, like difficulty breathing, occur.


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