Procedural Sedation

Topic Overview

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 still.

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).

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology
Current as of September 4, 2013

Current as of: September 4, 2013

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