I, too, was in the hospital when I had the closed MRI
and asked for sedation
which made it bearable. It wasn't total sedation
- just Valium, I believe, but I kept my eyes closed the whole time too and prayed!
The next time I had to have one, I opted for the open MRI which is, at least for me (and I panic easily at these things!), not at all threatening. I had to have contrast dye which I wasn't crazy about, but I did take .25 of Xanax beforehand so that it really was a breeze!