Re: Is "conscious sedation" pretty safe when we do the colonoscopy?
Archie is correct... conscious sedation IS actually safer than general anesthesia. Conscious sedation allows you to drift in and out of sleep and usually forget much of what went on, all the while making you comfortable during the procedure. Usually they use midazolam (a very short acting benzodiazepine which makes you sleepy and has side effects to make you forget.... it has a very short half life which means it is out of your system very quickly, allowing it to be a very safe choice). This medication is usually mixed with a narcotic analagesic... typically fentanyl, which helps with any discomfort, and has a side effect of sedation.
There is also another medication called propofol, which is sometimes used (ask your GI what he/she uses) which is another EXCELLENT choice because of its properties. It works and wears off VERY quickly. It allows you to be out completely, but not require intubation like general anesthesia... so unlike the other combo, you won't drift in and out of sleep.
Both treatments are great, safe choices for this VERY simple procedure. I commend you for having it done.
Best of luck,
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