Sedation Anesthesia

A young woman sleeps under anesthesia

Sedation anesthesia (often called "AMC," or "MAC," for Monitored Anesthesia Care), is often used to supplement regional (see Peripheral Nerve Blocks) or local anesthesia techniques in order to increase a patient's comfort during an operation. Sedation medications are given through an IV. The goal of sedation is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed, but be awake enough to breath on your own, and protect your cough and swallow reflexes. Although you will be kept comfortable, people who have AMC Anesthesia may remember being in the operating room, or remember hearing the surgeon or anesthesiologist talk to them, or remember dreaming during their sedation. Frequently, however, people don't remember anything. You and your anesthesiologist will determine if sedation is right for you. A great many surgeries are done with sedation and regional anesthesia.