I felt the need to post this because I had an EGD performed this morning, and I wish I hadn't spent the last week googling the topic - much of the information I read (not at this site, but randomly throughout the web) caused me far more anxiety and stress than the actual procedure itself. I just wanted to allay the fears of anyone who will be having the procedure performed in the near future by emphasizing a few quick points:
1.) Get your information on sedation directly from the anesthesiologist, NOT the gastroenterologist. The anesthesiologist will most likely be much more patient---mine certainly was---and interested in explaining the details. The gastro just wants to get the tube down your throat and move on to the next patient.
2.) Don't hesitate to get sedation. I am someone who hates being put to sleep, despises any type of "spaced out" feeling. At the very last second, I actually considered going without sedation precisely for this reason. But it turned out to be ridiculously easy. They didn't even give me a local for my throat, which I had heard was pretty much standard, and I am so glad because the thought of a "deadened gag reflex," even for a brief period of time, had only added to my stress this week. They simply wheeled me in, got the IV going, and literally, the next I remember was waking up in the recovery room talking to the nurse. I was out the door in about 20 minutes after waking up, feeling tired, certainly, but in no way "drugged up" or disoriented. Also, no sore throat.
3.) If possible, request Propophol, not Versed. The former is a simple anesthetic, the latter is an anxiety-reducing drug that will only add to the recovery period. The anesthesiologist usually asks if you want both or only the Propophol.
Anyway, I know everyone's experience is different, but take it from me, this was a blissfully uncomplicated procedure. Now my only problem is the doc found nothing esophageal at the source of my symptoms, so he's sending me back to the family doctor.