Anaesthetics block the feeling of pain, sensation and can produce an altered or a deep state of unconsciousness. They are often given by inhalation or injection. Even though there are many different types of anaesthesia, they all aim to reduce pain and suffering. Your medical condition and the nature of your upcoming surgical or procedural intervention will determine the safest type of anaesthesia that’s right for you. Due to the advancement of modern medicine and rigorous training programs, the administration of anaesthetics is relatively safe.
What is Anaesthesia?
Types of Anaesthesia
- Procedural sedation does not put you to sleep, but rather allows you to tolerate uncomfortable or otherwise painful procedures.
- Conscious sedation reduces your level of consciousness so you can respond to verbal commands and light touch.
- Local anaesthesia reduces or removes pain and discomfort to a given area in the body. It works by blocking selected nerves. You may experience tingling, numbness and sometimes temporary lack of movement to the area.
- General anaesthesia is where you appear to be asleep and do not feel any stimuli or pain. Patients in a controlled state of unconsciousness may require assistance for breathing and their vital signs are carefully monitored. Upon waking, they have no recollection of their operation.