Intravenous (IV) anesthesia is a form of anesthesia delivered directly into the bloodstream via an IV drip. It produces a state of unconsciousness and analgesia (pain relief). It is used to reduce the discomfort and pain associated with surgery, other invasive procedures, and labor and delivery. IV anesthesia is the safest and most common form of anesthesia for many medical procedures and is used in both inpatient and outpatient settings. It is especially useful for patients who are unable to take oral medications, as well as those with respiratory or cardiac conditions that could be affected by inhalational anesthetics. IV anesthesia is also beneficial for its rapid onset, allowing for more precise control of the amount of medication given and its effects.