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Sleep General Anethesia
Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Same with waking up. Patients come to in the pacu after the op. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long does it take for sleeping meds to get out of your system? How long does it take anesthesia had to get out of your system.
Depends: Many factors affect how quickly meds will leave your system. With both anesthesia and sleeping medications there are a variety of types and mechanisms. Poor functioning liver or kidneys and increased weight may slow down how fast these meds leave the body. Typically within 24 hours, most meds will be below a level to have any affect in most people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Peaceful: Honestly the worst part of anesthesia is getting an iv. This feels like a small pinch on the back of a hand, then all the medication to relax you and put you to sleep will go through the iv. The best technique for patients is to talk to their anesthesiologist before the operation. The best anesthetic comes from a team of the patient and the doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Better to sleep!: It's best if you have surgery and anesthesia when you are feeling at your best. If you normally take any type of sleeping pill, take it on your usual schedule. If you don't, and you're worried about sleeping, ask your doctor to prescribe a small dose of a sedative like Xanax (alprazolam) for you to take the night before surgery. But even if you can't sleep, you'll wake up from anesthesia just fine. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers