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

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Dr. Michael Gehrke
Anesthesiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Melissa Conner
Psychiatry

In brief: Not the same

No. Iv anesthesia sedates the patient, but they are still awake.
They just don't really care and don't' really remember what happened during the procedure. It's used for a lot of outpatient procedures. General anesthesia is done in an or and a tube is placed in the lungs and the patient is given meds to paralysis them, so they don't move during the procedure. It requires much closer monitoring.

In brief: Not the same

No. Iv anesthesia sedates the patient, but they are still awake.
They just don't really care and don't' really remember what happened during the procedure. It's used for a lot of outpatient procedures. General anesthesia is done in an or and a tube is placed in the lungs and the patient is given meds to paralysis them, so they don't move during the procedure. It requires much closer monitoring.
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