The aim of sedation is to make you comfortable, totally relaxed and safe during a procedure. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy, pain free, and probably amnesic such that you will have very little recollection of the procedure. Communication is possible if necessary during the operation because even though you are completely relaxed and unconcerned, you are not completely unconscious at any point in time.
Sedative medication helps relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials.
Your vital signs e.g. blood pressure, breathing, pulse rate, etc. are monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety, and a seditionist will stay with you all the time.
Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia. For these reasons patient satisfaction is very high after conscious sedation - a recent survey of the experiences and satisfaction of patients who had sedation show that 99.5% of patients would take sedation again if they have a choice.
Doctors weigh a number of factors carefully to assess which drug will be the safest choice in a unique situation for a particular individual. Sedatives are given to patients in a variety of ways:
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