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What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: NOTHING

You do not dream during general anesthesia.
Your brain wave are alsmot absent. You may dream on wake up. Anesthesia means a" a strange sleep" because u have no sense that time has gone by. It feels like nothing happened no time passed - nothing.

In brief: NOTHING

You do not dream during general anesthesia.
Your brain wave are alsmot absent. You may dream on wake up. Anesthesia means a" a strange sleep" because u have no sense that time has gone by. It feels like nothing happened no time passed - nothing.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Kamel Ghandour
Dr. Edsall is right. During the "Real Anesthesia" portion, you don't dream. We do get reports of patients telling us us that they were dreaming, and this usually happens during the "waking up from anesthesia" portion. The reported dreams are usually pretty nice ones!
Dr. Paul Harper
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Nothing

Usually there will be an anesthesia [person (md or crna) talking to you and relaxing you.
You will be told to think of something pleasant and the medication is given. Most patients are asleep within 3-4 seconds and remember nothing.

In brief: Nothing

Usually there will be an anesthesia [person (md or crna) talking to you and relaxing you.
You will be told to think of something pleasant and the medication is given. Most patients are asleep within 3-4 seconds and remember nothing.
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

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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