What is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia means "without sensation" or a "reversable lack of awareness".
Types of Anesthesia
There are three main categories of anesthesia: general, regional and local:
When general anesthesia is administered the patient is unconscious and has no awareness of the surgical procedure or other sensations.
When regional anesthesia is administered the patient receives an injection of medication near a cluster of nerves to numb only the area of the body that requires surgery, you may remain awake or receive a sedative.
Conscious sedation can be divided into three stages: