What Does General Anesthesia Feel Like?

What does anesthesia feel like?

Although every person has a different experience, you may feel groggy, confused, chilly, nauseated, scared, alarmed, or even sad as you wake up.

Depending on the procedure or surgery, you may also have some pain and discomfort afterward, which the anesthesiologist can relieve with medications.

How long does it feel like you’re under anesthesia?

Nurses will monitor your heart rate, breathing, and other vital signs for about 30 minutes. As you come out of the anesthesia, you might feel groggy and confused. The drugs’ effects can take a few hours to fully wear off.

What happens when you go under general anesthesia?

General anesthesia is, essentially, a medically induced coma, not sleep. Drugs render a patient unresponsive and unconscious. They are normally administered intravenously (IV) or inhaled. Under general anesthesia, the patient is unable to feel pain and may also have amnesia.

Is general anesthesia scary?

Anesthesia doesn’t need to be a scary process. Anesthesia prevents patients from feeling pain during surgery, yet it can be one of the most frightening aspects of surgery for some people. “General anesthesia is not the only option anymore,” Barney said.