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Deep Sedation


Deep sedation is medicine used during procedures to make you relaxed and very sleepy. With deep sedation, you may need help to breathe. Deep sedation may be used to help your body heal after an injury. The medicine is given as a pill, shot, inhaled solution, or injection through an IV.



  • Have someone drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. You may feel sleepy and need help doing things at home. You may have some memory loss.
  • 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.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have sudden trouble breathing.
  • You have a severe headache.
  • Your heart is beating fast or is pounding.

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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.