Sedation anesthesia (Monitored Anesthesia Care) is the use of IV medication to create a restful surgical experience without the need for total loss of consciousness. If your surgery does not require general anesthesia, this is often the anesthetic of choice. It is typically combined with local anesthesia to create quality pain control with the luxury of being able to breathe on your own. Patients often comment that they feel time passed by quickly, and any recollection of surgery is rare. Unfortunately, this method is not appropriate for all surgeries.