Yes. There are five different categories of sedation and anesthesia:
- Conscious sedation: Combination of medications to help you relax and to block pain during a medical procedure. You will probably stay awake but won’t be able to speak.
- General anesthesia: IV medicine that eases you to sleep. After you are asleep, you will breathe an anesthetic to keep you asleep during the procedure Local Regional anesthesia: an injection to numb an entire limb or lower body.
- Monitored anesthesia care with sedation: Medications given into bloodstream to reduce anxiety and pain. Partial or total amnesia.
- Local anesthesia: injection of a numbing medicine at the operative site.
In addition, you may also receive medicine through an IV to help you relax during local and regional anesthesia. Regardless of the type of sedation or anesthesia that you receive, special anesthetic agents and techniques are used to provide a safe and speedy recovery. If there are alternative choices available for your surgery, and often there are, your physician or anesthesia provider will discuss them with you before surgery.