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All Women's Health Center
2700 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34239
(800) 347-7066
(941) 366-7066

Home Appointments Directions Abortion Services Anesthesia

General anesthesia is done by injecting medication into your vein that will put you to sleep. The anesthesia is given by a Certified Registered Nurse Anethstetist (CRNA) specially trained in anesthesia. If you have questions about anesthesia you may discuss them with our anesthetist before your procedure. General Anesthesia is not available at all locations. If you choose this option, we will refer you to a location where general anesthesia is provided.

You MUST have someone to escort you home. You cannot drive or take a taxi home alone. You also must have had nothing to eat or drink -- including water -- for 8 hours before your appointment.


I.V. Sedation – Intravenous (I.V.) sedation provides a tranquil effect and helps to relieve the anxiety that women who undergo an abortion sometimes experience.

We recommend intravenous (I.V.) sedation to our patients for the tranquil effect it provides and to relieve the anxiety that women who undergo an abortion sometimes experience. I.V. sedation gives an almost immediate calming effect without the pain associated with an intramuscular injection or the prolonged delay when given orally.

If you request I.V. sedation, there are certain conditions which must be met to insure your safety both during and after your procedure:
  • You must have a person able to drive you home from our center and we urge you not to drive or operate any machinery for at least eight (8) hours after receiving I.V. sedation.
  • As with having an abortion, it is imperative that you have not taken any narcotics, barbiturates, tranquilizers or alcohol for at least twelve (12) hours prior. Also included in this list are illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin or marijuana.
  • You should not have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to Valium, Versed, Stadol, Sublimaze and you should not have the medical condition known as glaucoma.
Although complications and side effects from I.V. sedation are rare, we would like to explain some possible adverse reactions to adequately inform you:
  • Drowsiness and fatigue are the most common side effects.
  • A reddened, tender area where the medication was given may occur. If it does, apply hot compresses and contact our center.
  • Bizarre, serious side effects which could even include cardiac arrest (death) must also be mentioned although these rare complications tend to be limited to the elderly and to very ill patients with lung disease.
We trust that I.V. sedation will make you less apprehensive and that the entire procedure will be less traumatic for you. The counselor will be sure to discuss I.V. sedation with you and answer any questions you may have.

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