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Deep Sedation


Deep sedation is medicine given during procedures or treatments to keep you asleep and comfortable. It will also prevent you from remembering the procedure or treatment. Deep sedation can be given as an IV injection, a shot, a pill, or through an inhaled solution. You cannot be easily woken up during deep sedation, and you may need help to breathe. Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after deep sedation. You may feel sleepy and need help doing things at home. Another person may need to call 911 if you cannot be woken.


Call 911 or have someone else call for any of the following:

  • You have sudden trouble breathing.
  • You cannot be woken.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a severe headache or dizziness.
  • Your heart is beating faster than usual.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Drink liquids as directed to help flush the medicine out of your body. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Eat small, frequent meals to prevent nausea and vomiting. Start with clear liquids such as juice. If you do okay with clear liquids, you can eat your usual foods.
  • Rest and do quiet activities for 24 hours after you receive deep sedation. Do not make important decisions for 24 hours. Take short walks. Stand up slowly to prevent dizziness and falls. Have someone stay with you in case of complications. Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities.
  • Do not drive for 24 hours. You may have some short-term memory loss after deep sedation. You may also have dizziness or blurry vision. It is not safe to drive until the next day.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

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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.