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August 13, 2019 by gastrocenternj

Upper Endoscopy Sedation: A Short Guide

Preparing for an upper endoscopy can be nerve-wracking. Thankfully, this routine procedure employs sedatives to maximize patient comfort. Medical professionals often use benzodiazepines and an opioid to put the patient in a state of moderate sedation. An additional dose of hypnotic-like drugs may be administered when needed. All in all, is upper endoscopy sedation safe? Yes. Sedation is a common part of any medical procedure. It is safer than anesthesia because patients remain awake during the procedure, and often don’t require respiratory support, which decreases the risk of complications. The Science Behind Sedation  What Does a Sedative Do? A sedative…

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