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Dr. Ionel C. Rad answered:

Can you explain the difference between iv sedation and iv general anesthesia?

IV vs GA.

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There are 4 levels of sedation, the "deepest" is General Anesthesia. A very detailed answer is at https://www.asahq.org/For-Members/Clinical-Information/~/media/For%20Members/documents/Standards%20Guidelines%20Stmts/Continuum%20of%20Depth%20of%20Sedation.ashx.
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For wisdom teeth removal, is it safer to go under general anesthesia or get an iv sedation?

I.v. sedation

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The best course of action is to discuss the anesthesia plan with your anesthesia doctor prior to surgery. Wisdom tooth extraction can be done safely and pain free with i.v. sedation, without the need for a breathing tube. General anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction will require a breathing tube and because of this can be associated with additional risks.
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What is the difference between iv sedation and general anesthesia for having wisdom tooth extractions?

Depends on situation

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IV sedation can be provided by an oral surgeon, and is often a very good technique for wisdom tooth extraction. For certain high-risk patients (morbid obesity, severe heart or lung problems), general anesthesia with a breathing tube and control of the airway may be a safer alternative. Every case is different, and an individualized care plan with anesthesiology consultation may be in order.
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I might be pregnant but I need my wisdom teeth taken out and I'm going to be under an IV sedation not general anesthesia am I gonna be safe?

Wisdom teeth

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Unless it is an emergency, elective surgery should wait until after the baby is born. If removal of the wisdom teeth for any reason cannot wait, the safest time is during the 2nd trimester. In any case always check with both your OB /GYN and your oral surgeon.
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Is it possible to do iv sedation (twilight) instead of general anesthesia (unconscious) for impacted wisdom teeth?

Yes

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Most oral surgeons I know do use IV sedation instead of general anesthesia for impacted wisdom teeth. Which is the best way to go depends on how many teeth they are removing, how difficult they expect the procedure to be, and your personal preference. Speak to your oral surgeon about which option is best for you.
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What is Sedation vs General anesthesia? What is the difference between being sedated and having general anesthesia?

Effects and depth

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Twilight or sedation anesthesia is the application of sedatives to help the patient. One of the concerns is that there will be too much anesthesia given and the patient will not be able to breathe. This is for smaller operations. General anesthesia puts the entire body to sleep, and lets the anesthesiologist take over so that a surgeon is able to perform their operation.
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Could I refuse pre-op "sedation" since i'm having general anesthesia?

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yes you can refuse, some patients do not like to be sedated preop, not an unusual request.
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Whats more dangerous for a kid, to go under general anesthesia or to be on conscious sedation?

Both have

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Risks and benefits. Discuss your options with the surgeon and anesthesiologist and they will give you their best recommendations.
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Is it possible to do liposuction under sedation without general anesthesia? How uncomfortable will it be?

Comfortable

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Beside is 2012, and we have safe a lot of general safe anesthesia,liposuction is comfortable and safe under local anesthesia, of course all depends of areas, patient desire,timeout, and general medical conditions. If you are locking for very small areas you can go for velashape treatment,and or lipodisolve. More info go to www.clearimagemiami.com
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Dr. James Henning answered:

Can u have a colonoscopy done with something other than general anesthesia? Such as conscious sedation?

Yes

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Intravenous sedation can be very effective in assuring comfort and sedation during a colonoscopy. General anesthesia, though used commonly because it can be "eliminated" so quickly from one's body, isn't mandatory. Discuss with your endoscopist or anesthesiologist! No worries!
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