Monitored Anesthesia Care (intravenous sedation)
Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) is a type of anesthesia that is used for certain types of surgeries or medical procedures. Unlike general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep completely, MAC is a form of sedation that allows you to remain conscious but relaxed throughout the procedure.
During MAC, you will receive medications that will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will still be able to breathe on your own and respond to verbal commands from the medical team. The medications used in MAC may include a combination of sedatives, pain relievers, and local anesthetics.
A skilled anesthesia provider will closely monitor your vital signs, such as your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels, throughout the procedure to ensure your safety and comfort. If you experience any discomfort or pain, the anesthesia provider can adjust the medication to alleviate these symptoms.
MAC is often used for procedures that are considered to be less invasive, such as colonoscopies, endoscopies, or minor surgeries, and is generally considered to be a safe and effective option for patients who may not need general anesthesia. However, it’s important to note that not all procedures are suitable for MAC, and your anesthesiologist will determine which type of anesthesia is best for your specific medical needs.