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

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

IV vs GA.: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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Is the medicine used in IV Sedation same as General Anesthesia. Can you please explain the differences between these 2 procedures.

Is the medicine used in IV Sedation same as General Anesthesia. Can you please explain the differences between these 2 procedures.

See below: Moderate Sedation/ Analgesia ("Conscious Sedation") A drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands. General Anesthesia A drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimulation. ...Read more

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Is IV sedation the same as general anesthesia in preparation for an involved dental procedure?

Is IV sedation the same as general anesthesia in preparation for an involved dental procedure?

Possibly: Anxiolysis is a continuum fm light sedation to general anesthesia. Depending on the technique sedation ranges fm light to moderate to deep to general anesthesia. Some people do very well with light sedation others are more difficult actually having a harder time trying to cooperate thereby requiring more sedation. As sedation requirements increase the likely hood of general anesthesia is greater. ...Read more

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I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more

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For wisdom teeth removal, is it safer to go under general anesthesia or get an IV sedation?

For wisdom teeth removal, is it safer to go under general anesthesia or get an IV sedation?

I.v. sedation: 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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia for having wisdom tooth extractions?

What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia for having wisdom tooth extractions?

Depends on situation: 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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to do IV sedation (twilight) instead of general anesthesia (unconscious) for impacted wisdom teeth?

Is it possible to do IV sedation (twilight) instead of general anesthesia (unconscious) for impacted wisdom teeth?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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What is sedation vs general anesthesia? What is the difference between being sedated and having general anesthesia?

What is sedation vs general anesthesia? What is the difference between being sedated and having general anesthesia?

Consciousness: The difference is level of consciousness. A patient under sedation should be able to respond to verbal or tactile stimuli. A patient under general anesthesia has complete loss of consciousness--he/she should have complete amnesia, be immobile, have no response to external stimuli, and have analgesia or absence of response to painful stimuli. ...Read more

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Is chin augmentation always done under general anesthesia? I'm afraid of having general anesthesia. Is chin augmentation always done with a general, or can it be done with sedation and a local? .

Is chin augmentation always done under general anesthesia? I'm afraid of having general anesthesia. Is chin augmentation always done with a general, or can it be done with sedation and a local?

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Chin Aug Anesthesia: Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure typically done in the plastic surgeon’s office or in a surgery center. It is usually done under local anesthesia with oral sedation or intravenous sedation, but can be done under general anesthesia if requested. https://pacificcenterplasticsurgery.com/procedures/face/chin-augmentation/. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more