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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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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 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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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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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?

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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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?

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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I had a full upper extraction under anesthesia and immediate dentures put in. its been five days and my nose still feels numb when I blow or wiggle it?

I had a full upper extraction under anesthesia and immediate dentures put in. its been five days and my nose still feels numb when I blow or wiggle it?

See Surgeon: See your Oral Surgeon, then your Dentist if needed. Adjustments may be in order, but there may also be a concern with the nose and sinus areas and the incisive canal space. Go. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is mua (done under anesthesia)?

Manipulation: Under anesthesia. Usually with deep sedation or general. Occasionally can be done with an epidural if the manipulation is going to be repeated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to 'trip' while under anesthesia?

Is it possible to 'trip' while under anesthesia?

Rarely: During general anesthesia, your brain activity is not the same as when you dream. You will be completely unconscious and not "trip." That being said, some patients wake-up from anesthesia confused and disoriented, and rarely combative. There is also one older anesthetic, rarely used in the US now but still used for veterinary anesthesia and overseas, that can cause "trips" when used for sedation. ...Read more

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Are there ever any complications for going under anesthesia?

Are there ever any complications for going under anesthesia?

YES: Similar to undergoing surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure you are having. Anytime you go under anesthesia, there are risks with that as well. You could have an allergic reaction to the medication given IV or that you breath during surgery. Before any procedure or anesthesia, your doctor should talk to you about the risks. ...Read more

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Can I buy given medication to calm me down before I go under anesthesia?

Anesthesia doc: You should talk to you the doctor who will be giving your anesthesia and she/he can prescribe medication to calm you down. It is not an uncommon practice. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Can people normally wake up violently after from coming under anesthesia?

Depends on situation: Patients with PTSD, such as war veterans, are known to be at risk for waking up with aggressive behavior after anesthesia, due to their past experiences. Otherwise, this is unusual. The anesthesiologist usually is able to control the wakeup so that it is more gradual and pleasant. Agitation on waking up may be more likely after emergency surgery or if the patient was upset when going to sleep. ...Read more

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