Making your diagnostic exam comfortable.
Everyone on your ARA exam team wants you to have a great experience and feel relaxed and comfortable while you are having your exam. If you are very anxious or have a condition that could make it painful to stay in one position for an extended period of time, please talk to your scheduler about how we can help you.
Keep in mind that everyone at ARA that will assist you during your exam is very good at helping you relax and have the best experience possible, so even if you are anxious, you may not need sedation.
If you do choose sedation, it will make you sleepy, help you relax, and lessen your discomfort or pain. You will feel drowsy but can still follow instructions, such as holding your breath while an image is taken.
You cannot drive yourself home after having sedation, so make sure and arrange to have a friend or family member available to drive you home.
Sedation medicine will make you sleepy, help you relax, and lessen your discomfort/pain. You will feel drowsy but can still follow instructions, such as holding your breath while an image is taken.
In the vast majority of cases, no sedation is needed for diagnostic exams. Some people may want light sedation for certain exams, for instance if you are extremely claustrophobic or cannot remain still.
Before your procedure, we will assess your health to determine the type of sedation that will be best for you. For a very few people, sedation is not safe. You may be advised to have general anesthesia in the hospital setting if you:
Your questions are important. Please contact the ARA imaging center where you are having your exam for more information.
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