Is having an upper GI endoscopy frightening?

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My mother may have to go in shortly for an upper GI endoscopy, and she is nervous about having the procedure. We have read general descriptions of the procedure on the Web, and we know what it entails...but is it a very difficult test to have? Patients are sedated, but is it still very uncomfortable when the endoscopy tube is inserted? Are you able to breathe comfortably? Is any part of the procedure painful? About how long does it take (in general)?

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