Conscious or moderate sedation ⁄ analgesia is a drug induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain a patent airway, and spontaneous ventilation is adequate. Cardiovascular function is usually maintained.

Utilized to facilitate medical or dental procedures, also known as procedural sedation.

Minimal Sedation (Anxiolysis) is a drug induced state which patients respond normally to verbal commands. Although cognitive function and coordination may be impaired, ventilatory and cardiovascular functions are unaffected.

Statement from the American Society of Anesthesiologists

“Because sedation is a continuum, it is not always possible to predict how an individual patient will respond. Hence, practitioners intending to produce a given level of sedation should be able to rescue patients whose level of sedation becomes deeper than initially intended. Individuals administering Moderate Sedation / Analgesia (Conscious Sedation) should be able to rescue patients who enter a state of Deep Sedation / Analgesia, while those administering Deep Sedation / Analgesia should be able to rescue patients who enter a state of general anesthesia.”

Developed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists; approved by the ASA House of Delegates October 13, 1999


Sedation certification or staff credentialing services are offered in the following formats.

Online: We have an 8 hour online Sedation Continuing Education – CE program. For details Sedation CE Course Online

Live Seminars: Held nationally, for dates and locations Sedation Seminar Dates and locations

Onsite Consults: We come to your facility and provide a continuing education program· or credentialing services for the entire staff. Programs are custom tailored to the types of procedures and sedatives you are using or wish to use.

For more information contact us Sedation Certification and Training

Medical & dental sedation training provided nationally, for more information click here

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