Awake intubation is more time-consuming, needs experienced personnel, is less pleasant (than intubation under anesthesia), and may have to be abandoned as a result of the patient's inability or unwillingness to cooperate. However, because spontaneous breathing and pharyngeal/laryngeal muscle tone is maintained, it is significantly safer.
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