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A 41-year-old member asked:

Do you get sedation during cesarean section?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Generally no.: Most cesarean sections are performed under spinal or epidural anesthesia and sedation is not typically used. Rarely c-sections are under general anesthesia. Sedatives can affect fetal/neonatal behavior as well, so they are best avoided. In certain cases and typically after the infant is delivered, low doses of sedatives may be used to alleviate maternal anxiety/stress.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Usually no: An epidural is sufficient for a C-section procedure. The anesthesiologist are very skilled and numbs all the areas so that you will be comfortable. My wife had 2 c sections and it was very smooth.
Last updated Mar 17, 2018
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