Moderate sedation / analgesia (conscious sedation) for pain procedures
Conscious sedation is a type of sedation in which you can respond to verbal directions, but feel no pain, and have a drug-induced depression of consciousness. This level of sedation is used for minor medical procedures in which it is necessary for the patient to be responsive, and also for procedures which do not merit the use of general anesthesia.
Sedation analgesia usually is administered through an intravenous catheter (IV), to relax you and minimize any discomfort you might experience. It is also combined with an injection of a local anesthetic, or “numbing medicine,” at the site of procedure.
When receiving conscious sedation, you will feel drowsy and may even sleep through the entire procedure, but will be easily awakened when spoken to or touched. You may or may not remember the procedure afterwards.
Like any form of anesthesia and sedation, there are some risks to moderate sedation, but it is significantly less dangerous than general anesthesia.
Preparation for the sedation: no food or drinks (water is permitted) 4 hours prior to the procedure with sedation.