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Anesthesia Awareness

Anesthesia awareness is a complication that occurs during the administration of general anesthesia, where the patient is not able to be maintained under sedation throughout the procedure. It can be due to inadequate dosage of anesthesia, or patient factors that make them immune to standard doses.

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A 5-year-old boy is scared of dark at night after getting anesthetized for dental surgery. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, The 5-year-old boy weighs 80 pounds and is 4 feet tall. He takes inhalers for asthma. He had dental surgery a month ago and since then refuses to sleep in his bed. He had to be sedated to be anesthetized and during surgery stopped breathing briefly. He had to be sedated again after he ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your boy was likely frightened by the anesthetic experience while having dental surgery a month ago. As the boy's grandparents, continue to support him as he will gradually overcome the fear of dark and will be able to sleep in his own bed again. Apart from this spec...  Read Full »

I need a hip replacement but I fear anesthesia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 60 years old and need a hip replacement. I am healthy, no diabetes, no heart problems. My sister had a horrible anesthesia awareness incident a few years ago, and now I am terrified to have my surgery because of any risk of being paralyzed but awake. What can I do to make sure I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you opt for regional anesthesia by a spinal and epidural anesthetic. They will give an injection between your spine, and this will make your legs numb and any sensation below the navel you will not be feeling. After the surgery numbness will go and all the ...  Read Full »

How long will the effect of anesthesia last in septoplasty surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My question is about a septoplasty operation for anesthesia. Doctor says I need this operation but I am scared of the anesthesia. Mostly scared about awareness and being paralyzed. Can someone give me a brief summary of drugs used during general anesthesia for a septoplasty? Is it p...  Read Full »

Dr. Prem Kumar Mani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, you need not get scared about getting general anesthesia for your surgery (septoplasty). For your surgery, general anesthesia is the best option for anesthetizing you. One more point is that you need not be afraid about awareness and being paralyzed since...  Read Full »

Is it possible to do a breast implant explantation surgery under local anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old. I am having breast implant explantation surgery in four days. I have bad anxiety and the thought of anesthesia really scares me. I am a mother and the thought of being over sedated or not waking up at all is frightening. My surgeon has agreed to use local and MAC an...  Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems you are worrying a lot about small things. About the anesthesia, you need to understand the reason behind why we give GA (general anesthesia) and not local in such surgeries. The doctor is going to open the breast tissue and will be inserting the implant and...  Read Full »

Is it normal to remember what happened during anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, My first attempt for gallbladder surgery failed because they could not intube me. As a result, I had a bad experience where I remember after they injected me, I had a pleasant dream, but after some time it was just pitch black. I could hear everything but I could not breathe or mov...  Read Full »

Dr. Jadhav Yatish Anant

Answer: Hello. Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Intubation was difficult in your case. The incidence of difficult intubation is 5 to 7 percent in lean-built patients and 11 in obese patients. Intubation is a process in which a PVC tube is passed through your uppe...  Read Full »

I want to know about anesthesia awareness. How to monitor?

Query: Hello doctor, Why does anesthesia awareness occur, and what is done to monitor it?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhavsar Mrugank Mayankkumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Anesthesia awareness has been quite common due to the unavailability of short-acting anesthetic drugs. It occurs mainly because of the inadequate depth of the surgical plane achieved. So, in general terms, the patient is under the effects of anesthesia, but they ar...  Read Full »

Why do I become alert and aware during surgery inspite of anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 55-year-old female. Before asking my question, I need to provide some background and context. I have had many surgeries and am a well-educated person. I am not a typical patient, given my knowledge, background, etc., including the fact that I get a copy of my complete chart for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your past experiences of conscious sedation, and I understand how difficult it would have been for you. One thing I want to clear you first is that conscious sedation does not mean general anesthesia. Conscious sedation works on this principle only that y...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some methods to anesthetize lower molar teeth other than inferior alveolar block.

Query: Hi doctor, I started to have pain in the left top part of the jaw for two days. I took Azithromycin for it and the pain went away. After that, I started to have pain on the right top part with swelling. The doctor worked on the right upper part with topical Articaine and I do not had pain. He worke...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In the lower molar extraction, inferior alveolar nerve block has to be given properly and it has to be given very close to the bone at the correct point. For root stumps, an infiltration of Lidocaine can be given directly to the roots after inserting the needle along th...  Read Full »

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