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Doctor insights on: Numb Tongue After General Anesthesia

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Can general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tongue?

Can general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tongue?

Not typically: It would be unusual for numbness of the tongue to arise just from general anesthesia unless the anesthesiologist was exceptionally agressive during intubation and did significant damage in the mouth. Numbness in the face would also be very unlikely. ...Read more

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I had a D&C 8 days ago. They had to use general anesthesia. When I woke my tip of tongue was numb. It is still numb. Is this nerve damage?

I had a D&C 8 days ago. They had to use general anesthesia. When I woke my tip of tongue was numb. It is still numb. Is this nerve damage?

Neuropraxia: Find out if they needed an oral airway, its a small plastic part that helps keep you airway open and rests on the tongue. If the tip was compressed under the plastic the tip can become numb because small sensor nerves get pinched for a better word. These problems should resolve in time ...Read more

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Might general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Might general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

See below: It is not unusual to have some tongue numbness after anesthesia. This occurs because the endotracheal tube that is placed to help you breathe can sometimes put pressure on the tongue. This numbness usually resolves within a few days. The facial numbness is more unusual and I would talk to the anesthesiologist who didi your case. ...Read more

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Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Not really: General anesthesia sometimes involves a breathing tube or airway device that may cause numbness to the tongue but not the face. ...Read more

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How long before the numbness of general anesthesia wears off (reg. Wisdom teeth extraction)?

How long before the numbness of general anesthesia wears off (reg. Wisdom teeth extraction)?

Varies: Some local anesthetics wear off within 30 minutes, while other are specifically designed to be active for up to 20 hours. It depends on the type and location of the drug. Talk to your anesthesiologist or dentist about medications that they will use. ...Read more

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Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Can opening my mouth as wide as 2 fingers inside be enough for general anesthesia's mouth intubation?

Intubation: Intubation of the airway can be facilitated without mouth opening of 2 fingers breath via fiber optic guidance; the use of an i-gel, lma, or retrograde intubation. If your procedure is elective, then a visit with your anaesthesiologist before the day of surgery is warranted. ...Read more

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Able to open my mouth alittle bit (only 2 fingers) will that be enough for general anesthesia's intubation? What should I do?

Able to open my mouth alittle bit (only 2 fingers) will that be enough for general anesthesia's intubation? What should I do?

Requires evaluation: You require evaluation by your anesthesiologist prior to surgery. If you appear to have a difficult airway, alternative techniques to oral intubation may be required. You physician anesthesiologist is very skilled in such matters and will explain his plan in detail to you. ...Read more

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Why don't your muscles fully relax when given general anesthesia? The dr said he had a hard time opening my mouth for the tube for last surgery

Why don't your muscles fully relax when given general anesthesia? The dr said he had a hard time opening my mouth for the tube for last surgery

Several Possibilitie: Muscle relaxants used for general anesthesia are effective at relaxing voluntary muscles, including those that you use to open and close your mouth. Other tissues, such as tight ligaments or scar tissue, would not relax. Some patients have tm joints that "lock" when the jaw is opened. Find out if you had "succinylcholine induced masseter spasm" which is an adverse reaction to relaxants. ...Read more

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All 4 wisdom teeth removed today under general anaesthetic. Bottom lip, chin & right side of tongue numb. Op finished at 9.30am. How long till normal?

All 4 wisdom teeth removed today under general anaesthetic. Bottom lip, chin & right side of tongue numb. Op finished at 9.30am. How long till normal?

Some time....: Dr. Luedecke and dr. Davantzis gave you great answers. "normal" referring to numbness gone or back to normal as before you had the teeth removed? Everything is highly dependent upon the extent of your surgery, the amount of bone removed, the specific anesthesia, your tendency to swell, your recuperative powers, the skill of your surgeon, etc. Hopefully you will heal quickly. ...Read more

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4 hrs after local anesthesia for cavity fix, not numb anymore but still can't move that side of mouth or side of nose, normal?

4 hrs after local anesthesia for cavity fix, not numb anymore but still can't move that side of mouth or side of nose, normal?

Probably normal.: Sometimes it can take a few hours more for all the sensations to return after local anesthetic. By tomorrow if you don't feel normal then consult your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Why wouldn't dental anesthesia not work during a root canal I was having a pulpectomy on a hot tooth and none of the shots worked. I felt everything! Even after I left none of my mouth was numb. Now I am afraid to have any more dental work. Even though I

Dental nerves: Nerves inside of a tooth come from many different locations. Dental infections sometimes make Lidocaine less effective due to the acidic environment. To make you more comfortable a dentist needs to give Lidocaine or Carbocaine (sometimes works better in an acidic environment). Also the location of the anesthetic may need to be adjusted due to the infection. ...Read more

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How long does your mouth stay numb after anesthesia at the dentist?

How long does your mouth stay numb after anesthesia at the dentist?

Local anesthetics,: Depending on which one was used and whether a vasoconstrictor was included, as well as the amount given, can have a wide range of anesthesia times. Some can dissipate after only 30 minutes, while others can last 10-12 hours. While numb, stick to a non-chew, liquid to puree diet so that you avoid the chance of injuring the soft tissue of your lip, tongue or cheek. ...Read more

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How can I recover from general anesthesia?

How can I recover from general anesthesia?

Reat: Generally speaking the medications given to you during your surgery will just wear off on their own. It is best however just to relax as your body recovers ...Read more

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Can you still feel pain under general anesthesia?

Can you still feel pain under general anesthesia?

Yes: General anesthesia essentially makes your brain ignore noxious (painful) stimuli. You still "feel" the pain (the painful stimuli get to the brain), but your brain mostly ignores it. With local anesthesia, the brain does not get the signal, since the anesthetics, simply, block the nerve conduction to the areas of the brain that process pain signals. ...Read more

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Will I do weird stuff while on general anesthesia?

No: Under general anesthesia you will essentially be in a temporary chemically induced coma. You will not do or say anything inappropriate. ...Read more

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How safe is it to be under general anesthesia today?

How safe is it to be under general anesthesia today?

Ga: Going under is very safe. Keep in mind nothing is 100%safe- there always risks. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to be put under general anesthesia?

Risk varies: The risks of geeral anesthesia vary depending on your overall health. For the most part, modern general anesthesia is extremely safe. It is best to discuss your specific concerns with your anesthesiologist and/or anesthetist. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

General Anesthesia: You're totally unconscious and immobilized and you don't feel, sense or remember anything that happens during the anesthesia. Your vital systems are continuously monitored while you're under. The anesthesiologist will turn off the anesthetic drugs and you will gradually wake up. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

A lot: General anesthesia affects every organ systems in your body. It affect your brain, it depressed your heart, it lower blood pressure, it changes your breathing patterns etc...This is why general anesthesia is administered by a physician anesthesiologist who can compensate for the effects of general anesthesia on all of your organs. Today general anesthesia is very safe. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

Drifting to sleep: It feels like just drifting off to sleep very quickly. Occasionally patients recall feeling some burning or stinging in the IV site when medications (especially propofol) are injected into the vein. Sometimes people have the sensation of a funny smell or taste in the mouth. None of this lasts long, as sleep comes within seconds. When you wake up, you feel as though no time at all has passed. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have the same risks as with twilight?

Yes: The risks of any deep sedating agent and technique are generally the same. In twilight sleep the main concern is over-sedation and an inability to protect the airway. In general anesthesia the concern is sore throat from intubation, and waking up at the end of the case. ...Read more

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Will I know what's happening while I'm under general anesthesia?

Will I know what's happening while I'm under general anesthesia?

No: You should not be aware of anything when you are under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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What are the most common medications used in general anesthesia?

Multiple: Anesthesia is amnesia, analgesia and, often, akinesia (no movement). Each of these requires different medication, although some medication may have overlap (for example, ketamine would have analgesic and amnesic properties). The most common amnesics used are propofol, benzodiazepines, and anesthesia vapors. Analgesics would be narcotics and NSAIDs. The most commonly used relaxant is rocuronium ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Good: In general, a premedication is given prior to going into the or so patients don't remember the induction of general anesthesia. If no premed is given, undergoing induction of general anesthesia is usually described as possibly a little burning or discomfort at the IV site then nothing until you wake up. Most people don't even remember this much. ...Read more

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What tips do you have for someone about to have general anesthesia?

Tips: Be forth coming with your anesthesiologist. Ask your anesthesiologist all your questions. Express all your fears. ...Read more

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What are the things you should do before you go under general anesthesia?

Meet anesthesiologis: General anesthesia is very safe. It is important to not eat the day of surgery, take any medications they tell you to early in the morning with some water. Discuss with the anesthesiologist your medical history, your procedure, and the anesthetic plan. Then relax, we'll take good care of you. ...Read more

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Help please! Is general anesthesia for a half an hour dangerous in any way?

Help please! Is general anesthesia for a half an hour dangerous in any way?

No it is very safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one in 350, 000 cases or more. Advances in monitoring, medical training, drugs and support have greatley decreased the risk. The main concerns after ga are usually nausea and vomiting post operatively. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get general anesthesia?

Is it dangerous to get general anesthesia?

No it is very safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one in 350, 000 cases or more. Advances in monitoring, medical training, drugs and support have greatley decreased the risk. The main concerns after ga are usually nausea and vomiting post operatively. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be under general anesthesia?

No,: With today's monitors, equipment, medications and the training of anesthesiologists it is safe unless possibly you are extremely ill. Patients can be safer under anesthesia, stresses are relieved, breathing is supplemented, medications given and monitored carefully. Lawyers are taught that anesthesia is like the airline industry, it has done a very good job researching and promoting safety. ...Read more

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Will I get general anesthesia for hysterectomy?

Will I get general anesthesia for hysterectomy?

Probably,: Some gynecologists don't like their patients to be awake during the surgery but you can be sedated also. But you can have a major regional anesthesia such as an epidural, which will provide pain relief in the recovery room and can be extended to your room after the surgery ...Read more

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What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat (transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two. ...Read more

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How is general anesthesia different from local anesthesia?

Different medication: The word "anesthesia" can be confusing. It applies to many different drugs that prevent responses to pain. Drugs like Lidocaine and novocaine are injected with a needle to numb an area: this is "local" anesthesia. Other drugs that are given through an iv--such as Propofol or sodium pentothal--and anesthesia gases that you breathe produce general anesthesia and complete unconsciousness. ...Read more

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I need to know what is mortality rate from general anesthesia?

Very low: In young, healthy patients undergoing routine surgery, the mortality rate from general anesthesia is exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is intubation always used in general anesthesia?

Can you tell me is intubation always used in general anesthesia?

No: General anesthesia can be conducted with spontaneously breathing patient using an anesthesia mask. Often the oral airways are used, that look anything like a short curved tube or a fancy spoon, that do not pass the vocal cords (supraglottic airways). ...Read more

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Do you think I should go under general anesthesia for liposuction?

Do you think I should go under general anesthesia for liposuction?

Talk to surgeon: Depending on where the procedure is being performed the use of sedation may provide enough coverage. I would talk to the plastic surgeon performing the procedure and see what they recommend. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between general anesthesia and twilight anesthesia?

Is there a difference between general anesthesia and twilight anesthesia?

Effects and depth: Twilight anesthesia is the application of sedatives to help the patient. One of the concerns is that there will be too much anesthesia given and the patient will not be able to breathe. This is for smaller operations. General anesthesia puts the entire body to sleep, and lets the anesthesiologist take over so that a surgeon is able to perform their operation. ...Read more

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What is chance of death from general anesthesia if just having cystoscopy?

Extremely rare: General anesthesia is generally very safe especially for a short procedure lasting less than one hour. Ask you doctor if this procedure can be done with local or regional (spinal) anesthesia? ...Read more

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Would any operation under general anesthesia be considered a major operation?

Not always: There are certainly operations that require general anesthesia that aren't considered major surgery. Examples would be quick laparoscopic procedures such as tubal ligation, or ENT procedures such as tonsillectomy. Also, GA may be needed for babies and small children who can't cooperate, even for small operations. The physician anesthesiologist works with the surgeon to make the best plan. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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Anesthesia (Definition)

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