Moderate Sedation

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Moderate sedation, or conscious sedation, is medicine used during procedures to help you feel relaxed and calm. You will be awake and able to follow directions without anxiety or pain. You will remember little to none of the procedure. Moderate sedation can be used for procedures such as a colonoscopy, wound repair, cataract removal, or dental work. The medicine is given as a pill, shot, inhaled solution, or injection through an IV.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Self-care:

  • Ask when you can drive a car or use heavy equipment. An adult should drive you home and stay with you. You may feel sleepy and need help doing things at home.

  • Follow your healthcare provider's directions about eating, activity, and medicines. Do not make important decisions for 24 hours.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a cough or headache.

  • You have an upset stomach or feel like vomiting.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have sudden trouble breathing.

  • You have a severe headache.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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