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A 49-year-old male asked:

extremly anxious about a colonoscopy never been sedated. doctor mentioned a patient that took a while for her to sleep. isn't mild sed?aren't u awake?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
"Twilight": Not a procedure you would prefer to be wide awake for if avoidable. Medications relax you to point that absent any stimulation (like conversation or scope advancing northward) should be asleep. Like a light nap.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Worry doesn't help: Yet i understand that we all can do it. Your doc is well trained in the procedures you mention. The fear you are coping w/is loss of control. Easier said than done, but surrendering to the process will be extremely helpful. Docs have had the same procedures. Peace and good health. You can be asleep but the doc may offer twilight or lighter sleep if appropriate and you wish.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Do not be anxious: This is a very common procedure. Discuss your concerns with your dr. And there can be mild sedation given where you can even watch the procedure on a monitor if that suits you. Best wishes.

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