Conscious Sedation

Conscious Sedation

September 15, 2013

Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a medical procedure such as a spinal injection. You will most likely stay awake and able to respond, but you will be in a very relaxed state. This technique will be carried out by NPPRC’s medical team and anesthesia team.

Conscious Sedation Benefits:

Conscious sedation lets you recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure.

After the Conscious Sedation Procedure

After conscious sedation, you might feel a little sleepy and unsteady. During recovery, your finger will be clipped to a special device (pulse ox meter) to check the oxygen levels in your blood. Your blood pressure will be checked with an arm cuff about every 15 minutes.

You will be monitored by our medical team for roughly 30-45 minutes, and your driver will be able to take to home after that point.

At Home:

  • Eat a healthy meal to restore your energy.

  • You should be able to return to your everyday activities later that day or the next day.

  • Avoid driving, operating machinery, drinking alcohol, and making legal decisions for at least 24 hours.

  • Check with your doctor before taking any medicines or herbal supplements.
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