A MAC technically represents Monitored Anesthesia Care. In other words the minimum the AP is supposed to do is be there to monitor the patient. In reality the AP is usually monitoring the patient using the same techniques mentioned earlier but also providing sedation for the procedure. Sometimes the sedation is such that the anesthetic is hard to differentiate from a general anesthetic. In any case the care is given by a certified AP and they are capable of handling either situation.
After a MAC anesthetic the patient usually recovers very quickly and is awake on arrival to the recovery room. Many MAC anesthetics are done in conjunction with a regional anesthetic technique or a local anesthesia in the site of the incision. The patient usually has no pain on arrival to recovery and goes home feeling quite well.