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Here are a few questions that you may want to ask prior to receiving sedation analgesia:


  • What type of Anesthesia is planned for me?



  • Will I be receiving local anesthesia in addition to sedation?



  • What are the risks of the anesthesia chosen for me?



  • What are the qualifications of the person administering the anesthetic?  Is the Doctor board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology? 



  • Is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) or someone else administering the anesthesia?



  • Is the provider’s equipment up to date?



  • How will I be monitored?



  • Who will be monitoring my recovery after the procedure?



  • Will I have an I.V. (intravenous catheter)?



  • Will the level of sedation I receive be sufficient to make me comfortable during the procedure as well as the recovery period immediately afterward?



  • Will the provider stay with me the entire procedure?



  • Will the anesthesiologist be present and available until I leave the facility?



  • Who will decide when I am ready to go home?



  • Whom can I call if I have any problems or questions once I get home?



  • What provisions are made if I need to go to the hospital in case of an emergency?



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