There are several different kinds of anesthesia. The most common kind is general anesthesia during which patients should expect to be completely unconscious during a procedure. The second most common kind of anesthesia is regional anesthesia, which includes things such as spinals, epidurals, and nerve blocks. During those kinds of anesthetics, patients should expect some degree of awareness, but for part of their body to be numb and not able to feel any sort of pain or whatever procedures being performed. The last kind of anesthesia is what we referred to as sedation or monitored anesthesia care. During that, we generally are giving anesthesia medicines through an iv that will make a patient less aware of their environment, but there’s still a potential to remember something that does happen. In summary, there are three broad categories of anesthesia, general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and sedation.