What if I wake up?

Being aware or conscious under the effects of anesthesia is one risk of general anesthesia, but with the use of modern pharmacology and monitoring, it is extremely rare. Having some recall of events or circumstances under regional anesthesia or heavy sedation (otherwise known as MAC or monitored anesthesia care) is always possible and should not be considered a failure of these techniques. It is not uncommon for patients to remember “waking up” during previous procedures (such as colonoscopy and wisdom tooth extraction) done under sedation and for a small number of patients, this can be terrifying. Your anesthesiologist will be happy to address any of these concerns and discuss the risks of awareness for your specific anesthetic and surgical procedure.