Conscious sedation is a type of sedation used to help patients feel relaxed enough to get through a minor procedure, like a biopsy. It can also be used for somewhat lengthy imaging studies, like MRIs. The sedation is light enough that a patient can follow commands and answer questions even though they might not remember it. It is also light enough that the patient can protect their own airway.
- Q Is sedation analgesia (conscious sedation) safe?
- Q Will my child be given a sedative before surgery?
- Q What are the advantages of conscious sedation?
- Q What are the risks and side effects of an epidural?
- Q What is an anesthetic?
- Q When is the developing brain most vulnerable to anesthetics?