Twilight Sedation Anesthesia

Twilight Anesthesia for Breast Augmentation Surgery

What is Twilight Sedation?

Twlight anesthesia is also known as twilight sleep, conscious sedation, IV sedation, or intravenous sedation. Unlike general anesthesia, which leaves you completely unconscious, twilight anesthesia allows you to be in control of your body functions (breathing, etc), and you are not unconsious, only sedated. This means that you will not need a breathing tube as you do with general anesthesia.

Twilight anesthesia is usually administered by a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) or a board-certified anesthesiologist.

There are definite benefits to twilight sedation. People are generally wake up easier and are not as groggy compared to general anesthesia. Additionally, twilight sedation is cheaper, and therefore more cost effective.

Drugs Used in Twillight Anesthesia

The drugs used in twilight anesthesia not only sedate you, but they also have an amnesia-type effect, meaning that you will not have the ability to form new memories. Common drugs used with this type of anesthesia are Versed (midazolam), which is a benzodiazepine. Versed relaxes you, makes you very sleepy, and inhibits the ability to remember.