During a general anesthetic you are completely asleep and unaware of your surroundings. A medication is injected into your IV which quickly takes affect. It is usually necessary to place a breathing device to support your breathing during your procedure. This is required with most general anesthetics and is expertly managed by the anesthesia care team. It is important to tell your anesthesiologist if you have a history of a 'difficult airway'. It is also important to tell your anesthesiologist if you have any loose teeth or dental work prior to your general anesthetic.
Your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen status, temperature and breathing are all carefully monitored during your general anesthetic. Medication to keep you unaware (asleep) and pain free are given throughout your procedure. The anesthesiologist and CRNA also carefully pad and secure your arms, legs, and head to prevent injury and to keep you safe.
After your operation is over, you will gradually wake up and begin to hear sounds and be aware of your environment. The anesthesiologist and CRNA will explain what is happening and assist you as you wake up.