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Whats the difference between general anesthesia and conscious sedation?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology

In brief: With conscious

Sedation now called moderate sedation, you don't lose purposeful reactions to commands.

In brief: With conscious

Sedation now called moderate sedation, you don't lose purposeful reactions to commands.
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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery

In brief: Terminology

The term 'general anesthesia' usually is taken to mean a very deep induced sleep (iv medicine and/or anesthetic gas) and the insertion of a breathing tube.
Conscious sedation is a lighter anesthesia given in a supervised setting and a breathing tube is typically not required since the sedation is not as deep. Both are technically "general anesthesia" since IV medicine or anesthetic gas are used.

In brief: Terminology

The term 'general anesthesia' usually is taken to mean a very deep induced sleep (iv medicine and/or anesthetic gas) and the insertion of a breathing tube.
Conscious sedation is a lighter anesthesia given in a supervised setting and a breathing tube is typically not required since the sedation is not as deep. Both are technically "general anesthesia" since IV medicine or anesthetic gas are used.
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