What Types of Anesthesia Are There?
Local– this numbs an area of your body, and you are able to stay awake and aware of what is happening.
Conscious Sedation– this is a mild sedative to relax you. You stay awake, but may not remember the procedure afterwards.
IV Sedation– blocks pain in an area of the body, such as your arm or leg. Epidural Anesthesia is an example of a regional anesthesia, which is typically used at childbirth.
General Anesthesia– allows you to be unconscious (fall asleep) during your procedure. You should not feel any pain during your procedure.
What are the Side Effects of Anesthesia?
You may feel disoriented, groggy, and confused when awaking from your procedure. Some other common side effects, which go away quickly include:
Vomiting or nausea, which is usually alleviated with an anti-nausea medication.
Sore throat (if a breathing tube was used to help with breathing)
What is Intravenous Anesthesia?
All types of anesthesia can be administered intravenously. Anesthesia is a drug that helps you undergo a procedure by either numbing the area we will be treating, or putting you to sleep.
How is it Administered?
Intravenous anesthesia is administered through a needle in your vein.
We will also:
Monitor your bodily functions (such as your heart rate and rhythm, your breathing, your body temperature, your blood oxygen levels, and your blood pressure) during your procedure.
Address any problems that may occur during surgery
Manage your pain you may have after your procedure
Ensure your comfort before, during, and after the procedure