It is safe when administered by experienced nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist. However, certain people, such as those who are obese or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should talk to their doctor before having sedation. That's because they are more likely to develop complications from the anesthesia. The following actions will be taken before the procedure to ensure absolute saftey:
- Before the procedure, the nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will review your medical history to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for sedation and ask about any medications you're currently taking.
- You will only be given an appropraite dose of the sedative for your age and health, recommended by the FDA.
- You will receive a form detailing the risks of the procedure. It will be reviewed carefully with you by the treating nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist.
- The nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs during the procedure. Artificial ventilation and drugs that reverse the effects of sedation on hand in case you need them.