At Austin Radiological Association, we are able to provide sedation and pain management services that make imaging exams more comfortable for people who are claustrophobic or need pain medication in order to remain still for the exam. We can also provide sedation for children who require medical imaging and would otherwise be unable to remain still for an exam. Our registered nurses and paramedics have the training and experience necessary to make your exam, or your child’s exam, a safe and comfortable experience. Below is an overview of our services.

Types of Sedation
We employ two different types, or levels, of sedation:

Light Sedation:
This is the administration of medications, usually pills that are swallowed, for the reduction of anxiety. In this stage of sedation, you will be awake, but relaxed. You will have slightly slowed movements, have normal respirations, normal eye movement and intact protective reflexes. This is not anesthesia, and you will not require assisted breathing in this type of sedation.

Conscious Sedation:
This is a medically controlled state of depressed consciousness. It can be produced with pills, but is more commonly produced with an injection of medication. In this stage of sedation, you will be sleepy, and have more noticeably slowed movements, but you can still respond when someone speaks to you. You are also able to maintain intact protective reflexes. This is not anesthesia, and you will not require assisted breathing in this type of sedation.