The use of general anesthesia is a great benefit for oral surgery patients, but it can also lead to some funny side effects.
If you are regularly on YouTube, you know this website is filled with funny moments. And post-op patients, who are laughingly recorded by their loved ones, is a favorite online trend. The viral video of a patient just out of oral surgery may weep, shout at people and babble on like a lunatic. This video trend is all thanks to the general anesthesia commonly used in oral surgery.
There seems to be a never-ending supply of such videos. For example, this post-op brother-sister team. Or this entirely different post-op brother-sister team. Or, along those lines, the girl who doesn’t even know who her brother is.
One case that garnered national attention is that of a Utah woman who was so hilarious – and so in love with Ellen DeGeneres – that the TV host actually invited her onto the show.
Besides receiving desired effects to help with the procedure like relaxation, painlessness and temporary unconscious sedation, anesthesia can cause some unwanted side effects that are completely harmless. This post-operative disorientation, confusion and bizarre (but somewhat hilarious) emotional outbursts that include shouting, crying and singing are just side effects that typically last only a few minutes after the patient awakes. So if someone is hoping to make you famous on YouTube, they will have to be quick with the camera and capture your reaction.
While the safety and effectiveness of anesthesia is very well understood, the biochemical reasons behind these bizarre reactions are not very well understood – and anesthesia offers great boon to patients and their surgeons when it comes to pain management and controlling pre-op anxiety.
In fact, medical experts agree that general anesthesia is remarkably safe. Any risk of long-term complications is very small; but as with any type of drug, medical factors such as allergies or a preexisting condition of the heart, lungs or other vital organs, must be accounted for prior to the procedure to ensure safety. Regardless of the potential hilarity, be sure you fully answer all of the oral surgeon’s questions before any procedure involving general anesthesia.