When you have surgery, there are usually a few options for anesthesia depending on the procedure that you’re having done and method that will be the safest for your health. Heavy sedation is an option that doesn’t pose as many risks as general anesthesia. You won’t be in a deep sleep, but you will feel like you’re asleep for a short time and won’t remember anything that happens just before and during the surgery. There is usually no need to monitor your vital signs under sedation, and you’re actually able to respond to a few commands by the doctor or nurse. Even though you’re not monitored like you would be under general anesthesia, someone will be there to ensure that nothing goes wrong during the procedure and that you don’t need any further assistance. The time that it takes to come out of the sedation is shorter than it takes to wake up from general anesthesia. The medication is given through an IV line, and you could be given oxygen through a nasal cannula while the doctor is performing the surgery. Sedation is often a better option if the surgery won’t take long to complete because it can take longer to get you prepared for general anesthesia than it is for the surgery to complete.