Anesthesia Connections provides a full range of anesthesia services, from conscious sedation to general anesthesia. All of our anesthesiologists are board certified physicians who have completed medical school and received additional training and experience in anesthesia. We have the ability to perform the full range of anesthesia services listed below. The level of sedation chosen for a particular procedure is based on the procedure, the patient, his/her medical history and the surgeon’s/dentist’s preference.
- Minimal Sedation (Anxiolysis)
Minimal sedation is a drug-induced state during which patients respond normally to verbal commands and are relatively awake, but relaxed.
- Moderate Sedation/Analgesia (Conscious Sedation)
Moderate sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by light tactile stimulation. Patients are responsive despite feeling drowsy, may sleep through the procedure, and may or may not remember being in the procedure room. A Horizon anesthesiologist will monitor vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels, to help avoid sudden changes or complications.
- Deep Sedation/Analgesia
Deep sedation is a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients fall into a light sleep, usually without an airway device, and cannot be easily aroused but respond purposefully following repeated or painful stimulation. Patients will have little or no memory of the procedure. During the procedure, breathing can slow down and patients may sleep until the medication wears off. Supplemental oxygen is also given.
- General Anesthesia
General anesthesia is a drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are unconscious, unresponsive and not able to be aroused, even by stimulation. There are a number of general anesthetic medications: some are gases or vapors inhaled through a breathing mask or tube and others are introduced through a vein. The patient is monitored, controlled and treated by one of the Horizon anesthesiologists, who use sophisticated equipment to track all major bodily functions. A breathing tube may be inserted through the mouth and frequently into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during this period. The length and level of anesthesia is calculated and adjusted as needed. At the conclusion of surgery, the anesthesiologist will reverse the process to help the patient regain consciousness.