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A doctor may use procedural sedation for a minor procedure that needs only small amounts of anesthesia and doesn't require an anesthesia specialist to be present. Procedural sedation combines the use of
local anesthesia with sedatives to relax you. You may or may not be conscious.
During some but not all types of procedural sedation, you may respond
appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal commands. Procedural sedation
can help relieve pain and anxiety and limit some of the discomfort of lying
Procedural sedation may be used to make it easier to relax and lie still, especially in children, for minor procedures or diagnostic tests (such as a
computed tomography [CT] scan).
Current as of:
September 4, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology
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