What is Conscious Sedation?

You might be scratching your head a bit here, and it's understandable. After all, isn't the phrase conscious sedation contradictory? Being conscious means that you are awake and aware while being sedated means that you are generally out to the world. How can the two mix? Especially in a medical/healthcare setting? Well, conscious sedation leaves you numb and relaxed, but not so relaxed that you...