Moderate Sedation

Moderate sedation is used during surgery. It will put you in a comfortable, sleepy, and pain-free state. Moderate sedation is different from general anesthesia because it does not require breathing support. It will also be easy to arouse you, so you can respond to questions or commands during surgery.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Signs of infection (such as, fever, chills)
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Pain that cannot be controlled with the medicines that you were given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain
    • Dizziness, lightheadedness

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Moderate sedation is used during surgery. It will put you in a comfortable, sleepy, and pain-free state. Moderate sedation is different from general anesthesia because it does not require breathing support. It will also be easy to arouse you, so you can respond to questions or commands during surgery.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Moderate sedation can be used for a range of procedures. If your overall health is poor, your doctor may recommend this type of sedation instead of general anesthesia.

    The potential benefits include:

    • Faster recovery time
    • Fewer complications

    Also, moderate sedation does not require you to be connected to a ventilator.

  • Possible Complications

    Potential problems are rare. But all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Headache
    • Temporary memory problems—you may be unable to recall the surgery
    • Breathing problems during the surgery

    Factors that may increase the risk of problems include:

    • Smoking
    • Advanced age
    • Obesity
    • Poor overall health, such as cardiovascular disease

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.