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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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What exactly does it feel like to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

What exactly does it feel like to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

Anesthesia Feeling: Patients describe feelings of relaxation, euphoria, peace, and tranquility, also, a warm feeling running through their body. The onset of induction - falling asleep - is usually fairly rapid, like within 30 seconds to 1 minute, but does depend on the agent(s) being used. Most IV anesthetics are very well tolerated, do not cause nausea or vomiting post-operatively, and metabolize fairly quickly. ...Read more

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How can it feel to put under anesthesia?

How can  it feel to put under anesthesia?

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 more

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I've never been sedated or put under anesthesia before. Tips to treat this and help calm me down?

I've never been sedated or put under anesthesia before. Tips to treat this and help calm me down?

Relax: It is normal to be nervous about your anesthesia. In fact if you weren't nervous we would be a little suspicious. The practice of anesthesia is now one of the safest medical profession. The risk of dying (the big scare) is less than one in 350, 000. I always tell my patients they are at more risk driving to the hospital to have an operation than having the actual anesthetic. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Do they put you under anesthesia when getting a circumcision as an adult?

Do they put you under anesthesia when getting a circumcision as an adult?

Yes: Circumcision as an adult takes longer and is more involved than in newborn babies. Most patients prefer to be completely asleep under general anesthesia. The surgeon may be able to use local anesthesia as well to numb the area and reduce the pain afterward. This is a brief procedure that can be done as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my 3 years old under anesthesia to fill 2 cavities?

Is it safe to put my 3 years old under anesthesia to fill 2 cavities?

There are risks: There are always risk with any procedure, be it surgical, dental, or anesthetic. You should have a discussion with the anesthesiologist who is doing the procedure, so they can clearly define the risks and benefits. At this point you will be able to make an informed addition that is best for your child. ...Read more

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How is it to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

How is it to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

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. Most patient first memory is of the pacu. ...Read more

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Will dentists ever put patients under anesthesia for removing cavities?

Will dentists ever put patients under anesthesia for removing cavities?

Anesthesia: If you mean general anesthesia, yes there are some disabilities that preclude using novacaine alone to control movement and cooperation. Most others that require a higher level of sedation during procedures still have protective reflexes present, but are close to being asleep. Therefore there is no fighter to get things done and no memory of the procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me can doctors put me under anesthesia if I'm getting my cecostomy tube changed?

Yes: I am an anesthesiologist. It is possible to have IV sedation, sometimes termed "twilight sleep" for this procedure if you are very anxious and/or feel the procedure will be painful. Discuss the options with your doctor and decide on a plan BEFORE you have your tube change. Good luck and good health to you! ...Read more

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What causes some gynecologists to put women under anesthesia for a regular pelvic exam?

What causes some gynecologists to put women under anesthesia for a regular pelvic exam?

That's unusual.: The only patients that i've ever anesthetized for a pelvic exam were children. It would be extraordinarily unusual for a patient to need anesthesia for a routine pelvic exam. I could understand however that some women with very painful conditions or a history of a traumatic experience may benefit from some sedation prior to their pelvic exam, but not a general anesthetic. ...Read more

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