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Is Sedation safe?

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
gloved hand holds breathing mask to sleeping patient's faceWhen you visit the hospital and need a surgical procedure, the doctor or medical professional will ask you if you have underlying problems. This inquiry is done to follow up on your medical history. Using this information, the doctor will decide whether you are viable for sedation or not.

What Is It?

Sedation is the state of calmness and relaxation as a result of sedative medications. It is also known as conscious sedation, monitored anesthesia, or twilight sedation. It is done in hand with medical procedures that require the patient to be calm. The procedure involves the use of sedative drugs. Some people use prescription sedatives in case of medical conditions such as insomnia. That is why your doctor needs to know your medical history.

Types of Sedation

There are 3 levels of sedation. One is minimal sedation that helps you relax, but you are likely to be awake. This means that you will be able to follow directions and answer questions. The second type is moderate sedation, which makes you feel drowsy. In this sedation, you may fall asleep. When you wake up, you may or may not remember parts of the procedure. However, you will be able to follow directions and answer questions. Lastly is the deep sedation that makes you fall asleep. After this sedation wears off, you will probably have little or no memory of the procedure.

Is It Safe?

There are expected risks and benefits of sedation. The short-term side effects of the sedatives are dizziness, difficulty in thinking or focusing, blurred vision, slowed reaction, and not feeling the pain the way you used to. They help to relieve anxiety levels during the procedures. If you have been prescribed a sedative, do not hesitate to ask for guidance, and be sure to take the medications as prescribed. That way, you can benefit from them and reduce the risk of problems along the way. For more information, call us now!

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