Sedation is a medicine that relaxes your child. There are different levels of sedation. Some sedation will leave your child awake and other types will put your child into a deep sleep although he will still breathe on his own and have some feeling.
General anesthesia puts your child to sleep where he can feel nothing. During anesthesia he will have help from a ventilator. Children who are having surgery, long procedures or who have certain medical conditions will need general anesthesia.