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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
There are risks: There are risks associated with any type of anesthesia and the degree of those risks depend on your medical problems, the type of surgery, and the type of anesthesia. On average anesthesia is very safe and is a lot less dangerous than it was even just 10 years ago. Anesthesiology a a specialty is very focused on safety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do I get a dentist to accept me as a patient? I do not freeze so I must be put under general anesthesia and am losing all my teeth because I can't get anyone to see me even when I had an infected tooth so bad that my knee surgery had to be cancel
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
Many (small): Anesthesia complications such as airway complications (dental trauma, sore throat);, pulmonary complications (pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices), cardiovascular complications (heart attack), neurological complications (nerve injuries, etc;) , awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease. ...Read more
Varied: When we discuss possible side effects we may group them into "more likely", "less likely", and "rare" and personalize the information for the patient's health issues and procedure. Example list: nausea, vomiting, sore throat, tooth damage, inadequate post-op pain relief, allergies or other reaction to medication ranging from minor to severe, heart rhythm problems, urinary retention, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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