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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



conscious sedation  listen  (KON-shus seh-DAY-shun)

  A level of sedation in which a person is asleep but wakes when spoken to or touched. Conscious sedation is caused by special drugs and is used to help relieve anxiety during certain medical or surgical procedures. Drugs that relieve pain may be given at the same time. Also called moderate sedation.