What is Sedation?

Reading time: 1 min

The goal of pharmacological sedation is to keep the patient calm, comfortable, communicative (if necessary) or asleep while a painful, uncomfortable or very long test or procedure is performed. Examples are: a CT scan, MRI, a colonoscopy and an injection during an in vitro fertilisation.

What is it for?

The goal of sedation is to provide the patient with a balanced state between comfort and safety, keeping respiratory, cardiovascular and reflex functions intact. The goal is to keep the patient calm, comfortable, communicative or asleep.

How is it done?

Medications for sedation are calculated in a similar way to general anaesthesia; individualised for each case and administered intravenously. Patient preparation and monitoring are also similar to general anaesthesia. The patient is cared for at all times by a team of medical and nursing staff specialised in anaesthesiology.

Complications of Sedation

Among the complications of this procedure is the possibility that conscious sedation becomes unconscious (general anaesthesia). Excessive sedation can occur with hypotension and/or respiratory depression, which may even have the same risks as general anaesthesia. The areas where these procedures are performed are equipped like operating theatres.


Receive the latest updates related to this content.

Thank you for subscribing!

If this is the first time you subscribe you will receive a confirmation email, check your inbox

An error occurred and we were unable to send your data, please try again later.