se·​da·​tion | \ si-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce sedation (audio) \

Definition of sedation

1 : the inducing of a relaxed easy state especially by the use of sedatives
2 : a state resulting from or as if from sedation

Examples of sedation in a Sentence

For some patients, sedation may be necessary.
Recent Examples on the Web In October, doctors tried to wake him up from the four or five sedation drugs he was given. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 Since esketamine can cause sedation, impaired judgment, and has the potential for misuse, there are strict guidelines around its use. Nikesha Elise Williams, SELF, 25 May 2022 For example, a colonoscopy requires a preparation (mildly unpleasant and time-consuming), sedation (which can have side effects) and the procedure itself, which may have unexpected bad outcomes (such as a perforation). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Ketamine is an injectable anesthetic that has traditionally been used for short-term sedation and anesthesia. Nikesha Elise Williams, SELF, 25 May 2022 Fentanyl was developed in 1959 to be used for chronic pain, anesthesia as well as sedation, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Nathan Luna, ABC News, 10 May 2022 The lucrative practice, with five offices in the Pittsburgh area, specializes in sedation dentistry, providing anesthesia for fearful patients. CBS News, 16 Apr. 2022 After a night without sedation, though, Waltman was put back on life support when her blood pressure and heartbeat suddenly spiked and her oxygen levels dipped. Kyler Alvord,, 31 Mar. 2022 The anesthesia for carpal tunnel syndrome is local, sometimes with sedation, and not normally general anesthetic. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sedation

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sedation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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se·​da·​tion | \ si-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce sedation (audio) \

Medical Definition of sedation

1 : the inducing of a relaxed easy state especially by the use of sedatives
2 : a state resulting from sedation — see conscious sedation, deep sedation

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