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. Local anesthetics block voltage-gated Na+ channels. General anesthetics are thought to activate chemically gated Cl- channels, thereby rendering the nervous system quiescent while surgery is
performed. What specific process do anesthetics impair, and how does this interfere with nerve impulse transmission?
They block neurotransmitters in the brain, thus blocking impulses out, i.e. muscle movement and impulses in, sensation of pain. Thus you are asleep, paralyzed and don't feel a thing.
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