Risks of sedating infants
But even so, anesthesia does still pose some risks.
There is a difference between ‘conscious’ and ‘moderate’ sedation, but the terms are close enough to make it reasonable to consider them to be equivalent in this article.
In addition to understanding the current medical and surgical problems, the sedationist should assess the child's growth, previous sedation or anaesthesia, and the drug history.
The examination should identify any physical abnormalities, particularly those of the airway.
Ideally, a conscious sedation drug technique should have a margin of safety wide enough to make loss of consciousness unlikely.
These are specialist sedation techniques and they risk causing unintended deep sedation or anaesthesia.