Procedural Sedation

Sedation is a way of using drugs (sedatives) to make you feel relaxed and sleepy during a procedure, but you will wake up easily to respond to people in the room. Sedation is not general anesthesia.

What are the benefits?
  • It reduces anxiety and pain associated with the procedure.
  • It enables the physician to undertake the procedure easier.
  • It will result in partial or total loss of memory of the procedure.
The risks of intravenous sedation are minimal. There are risks that may occur: becoming too sleepy, being unconscious, depressed breathing, awareness or discomfort, aspiration, low blood pressure, and allergic reaction.
What if sedation is not used?
If the patient does not want sedation, they must discuss this with the doctor to understand the risks associated and other appropriate options.
  • No sedation
  • Local anesthetic alone
  • General anesthesia

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