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Karl L's Experience

Experience description:   

I went to a specialist dentist to have 4 teeth removed for braces. 

It was the second such procedure and I breathed in the gas as usual.  The next thing I remember is seeing myself in the dentist chair having my teeth removed, the dentist was leaning over the chair with 2 nurses assisting.  During the experience, I felt like I was floating at the ceiling.  I remember returning to my body - and the next memory is coming around from the anesthetic, feeling drowsy as you would.  I only feel like I was aware and out of my body for 15-30 seconds - I was not bobbing around on the ceiling for long at all. 

I told my mother about this a day or so later and she told me it was just a dream.  I insisted it was real.  I don't remember being scared by what was happening or seeing anything except the scene in the dentist's surgery.  It did not affect my life at the time, I was happy to accept it for what it was! 

Afterwards, I was more upset about the fact that they had removed 7 teeth not 4 as expected.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     Uncertain            I was anesthetized with gas for the procedure

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           just like normal consciousness, it took me a few seconds to be aware of the scene I was looking at, then I was just a spectator to the actions below.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I only felt conscious in the body on the ceiling, my actual body was anesthetized.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            slight confusion until I got my bearings, then normal.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     yes - the ceiling stopped me from floating higher - I guess.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Uncertain      I can't remember if I was involved, I think when I realized what was going on that I just went back in!         

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     The experience has always made me open to peoples experiences - I would not say I believe them all but I listen with interest and don't immediately judge them as 'mad'.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't think so.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     the few people I have told are usually good friends, they are usually very interested in the story and ask questions, but there is not that much to tell really.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was so young, it was just an experience I had not had before and I don't think I thought it was odd - as I had no previous reference or even discussions on such a subject within my family.  I was confused and a little frustrated when my mother did not believe me and just put it down to a dream.  I was certain it was not - as it happened while I was at the dentist.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      not sure there was, it just happened.  I was not at all scared.  I was a child so I didn't know any better.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        no

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes