What is Monitored Anesthesia Care (M.A.C.)?

Occasionally you may hear the term M.A.C. or Monitored Anesthesia Care. M.A.C. refers to sedation while under the care of the Anesthesia provider. This sedation may range from mild sedation to a state of unconsciousness. Throughout this sedation, the patient's heart, blood pressure, and breathing are monitored closely by the Anesthesia provider. Additional oxygen or breathing assistance may be given if necessary. M.A.C. is usually given in addition to Local or Regional Anesthesia.