awake anesthesia

awake anesthesia

Etymology: ME, awakenen
an anesthetic procedure in which analgesia and anesthesia are accomplished without loss of consciousness. Dental procedures, surgery on a limb or an extremity, endoscopic examinations, and certain kinds of brain surgery are performed using awake anesthesia. Various combinations of sedatives, tranquilizers, and low concentrations of anesthetic gas may be used. Also called conscious sedation, monitored anesthesia care.