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A drug or combination of drugs used to reduce or prevent pain during a surgical or invasive procedure. Depending on the type of amount of anesthesia given, it can help block pain, control breathing and blood pressure and make a patient sleepy or unconscious during surgery.

There are four main types of anesthesia:

  • Local Anesthesia– just a small amount is given in order to numb a small, specific area of the body
  • Conscious/Intravenous Sedation – a mild amount is used to sedate a patient during a procedure. They may become sleepy and not remember the procedure
  • Regional Anesthesia – used to block pain in a specific area of the body, such as having an epidural during pregnancy
  • General Anesthesia – used to block pain throughout the entire body and makes a person unconscious for a period of time
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