I've had 2 endoscopies. I do not know for the first one but for the 2nd I was told they used something similar to Valium... and maybe something else. It is hard to knock me out for some reason (I am not a large person and I am female and young, too) so I was told later that they had to give me more doses, plural, thru the IV. But, I remembered not a thing of any of it. And that is how it is SUPPOSED
to be if this is done properly.
I think everyone's experience will be a little different. I felt some throat pain for a few days afterward after my first endo, but not after the 2nd one (they were done a few years apart). The numbing throat spray is for that very reason: to lesson or eliminate any associated pain from the procedure. And when I say "pain", it is more like soreness.... like from yelling too loud or something, not like a severe sore throat. It is minor, and tea helps, and it is nothing to worry about. Sort of like if someone needed to examine your leg closely and ran an object down it..... strongly. Might feel some evidence of something having been done to your leg the next day but you know it isnt harmful or serious and you will be totally fine.
Actually for me, I was most worried about the throat spray! After the I had the 1st endoscopy, I realized that the not being able to feel my throat at all, was scary to me. But I have major sensitivity issues regarding my throat due to past traumas (nearly choking to death twice plus severe strep throats and tonsils out when I was a child). I kept thinking, What if I were to try and swallow something, I would choke since I cant even feel the back of my throat at all..... etc. I think the spray tasting nasty is the least of all of it! So what, its just a spray, like Chloraseptic or something and its gone (the taste of it) very quickly. Some people are just babies I guess
For your own peace of mind, I would call and ask your doctor or one of the nurses at the office, what medications exactly they will be using. Maybe they can even hook u up with someone, another patient, who has had the procedure and whom you could talk to.
I will say I was out COLD and remembered not one thing other than waking up! (I will not reveal what my FIRST endo was like, becasue I was not given enough medication, and it was a disaster....).
Tell your doctor to make sure you are really "out" before they attempt to put the scope down your throat. Let she/he and the nurses know you are nervous and would like extra reassurance. There is nothing wrong with this! Most people go into the medical fields because they care about and want to help, people.
Peace be with you,