10 doctors weighed in:
Do people on propofol for sedation feel pain?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
But Propofol is a sedating agent, not an analgesic.
If there is pain stimulation, then the pain needs to be addressed with some sort of analgesic, either narcotics or local anesthesia.

In brief: Probably not
But Propofol is a sedating agent, not an analgesic.
If there is pain stimulation, then the pain needs to be addressed with some sort of analgesic, either narcotics or local anesthesia.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. David Abramson
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Propofol has no analgesic properties.
If there is pain associated with the procedure, either local anesthesia might be used to numb up the area, or other pain medication might be injected to reduce the pain sensation.

In brief: Yes
Propofol has no analgesic properties.
If there is pain associated with the procedure, either local anesthesia might be used to numb up the area, or other pain medication might be injected to reduce the pain sensation.
Dr. David Abramson
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Dr. John Lin
Propofol does not have analgesic properties so people can feel pain. However, propofol given in large amounts can sometimes blunt a persons response to painful stimuli.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Usually not
For a surgical procedure, the surgeon usually administer local anesthesia to the area of concern.
Hence, no pain is felt during the sedation.

In brief: Usually not
For a surgical procedure, the surgeon usually administer local anesthesia to the area of concern.
Hence, no pain is felt during the sedation.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
Generally, no, as the pain receptors are "working, " but the brain "receivers" are not.

In brief: No
Generally, no, as the pain receptors are "working, " but the brain "receivers" are not.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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