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What does general anesthesia feel like when you're falling asleep?

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Death -- I think

Not knowing what death feels like i would assume that anesthesia feels the same in that you feel nothing.
You have no sesne that time goes by. There is no dreaming during anesthesia ( sometimes you may have dreams from other drugs used during the wake up process but not during anesthesia.) you simply close your eyes and then open them a half second later. But it's later and in another room.

In brief: Death -- I think

Not knowing what death feels like i would assume that anesthesia feels the same in that you feel nothing.
You have no sesne that time goes by. There is no dreaming during anesthesia ( sometimes you may have dreams from other drugs used during the wake up process but not during anesthesia.) you simply close your eyes and then open them a half second later. But it's later and in another room.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Tapan Joshi
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Drowsy

It is like gradually falling a sleep after taking sleeping pill.
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In brief: Drowsy

It is like gradually falling a sleep after taking sleeping pill.
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Dr. Tapan Joshi
Dr. Tapan Joshi
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

If there isn't much premedication or titration with an opioid prior to going to sleep and an injectable anesthetic like Propofol is used, it's almost like they flipped a light switch off.

In brief: It depends

If there isn't much premedication or titration with an opioid prior to going to sleep and an injectable anesthetic like Propofol is used, it's almost like they flipped a light switch off.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management

In brief: A relaxed sleep

You drift off to sleep.
As was already said there is no sense of time or sleep. You wake up at a later time in a different room.

In brief: A relaxed sleep

You drift off to sleep.
As was already said there is no sense of time or sleep. You wake up at a later time in a different room.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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