Sedation for colonoscopies
A colonoscopy can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on what is discovered during the exam. To relieve anxiety, discomfort, or pain, some form of anesthesia or sedation is provided.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about what kind of sedation you will have for your colonoscopy before you schedule your procedure. Let them know if you are feeling anxious about any part of the sedation.
One of two different types of sedation will be used for the procedure.
Minimal to moderate or “conscious” sedation usually involves intravenous (IV) doses of sedatives. You should be very comfortable, but not totally unconscious.
General anesthesia or "deep" sedation usually involves an anesthesia professional administering Propofol. You should not feel or remember anything.
It’s important to ask your physician and insurance company sedation any financial questions, such as:
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