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What Does It Feel Like To Be Under Anesthesia
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sleep: It just feels like you took a nap and fell asleep for a while. ...Read more
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 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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