What questions should I ask before I receive conscious sedation?

Here are a few questions that you may want to ask prior to receiving sedation analgesia (conscious sedation), which induces a semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain surgical or medical procedures:

1. Who will be responsible for the administration of sedative medications? What are his or her qualifications?

2. How will I be monitored during my procedure?

3. Will I have an I.V. (intravenous catheter)?

4. Will I be receiving local anesthesia in addition to sedation?

5. Will the level of sedation I receive be sufficient to make me comfortable during the procedure as well as the recovery period immediately afterward?

6. Who will be monitoring my recovery after the procedure?

7. In case of an emergency, what equipment and personnel will be available?

8. Who will decide when I am ready to go home?

9. Whom can I call if I have any problems or questions once I get home? 

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