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Wisdom tooth extraction and nitrous oxide

By Mary Beth 6/11/2009 10:37:03 AM
I need to have my painful wisdom tooth extracted and am scared to death. I can't afford anesthesia (would be my first choice to just "sleep" though it) but can afford nitrous oxide and am told it will relax me. How do I get through the sights and sounds and apprehension of them pulling out my tooth, perhaps in pieces??? I will be flying out of state 7 days later; should I be ok by then or in your professional oppinion would you suggest I reschedule and have the tooth removed when I return? I am on Clindamycin and have a RX for Vicodin when needed. I am terrified. Thank you for your help.
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 6/11/2009 10:37:03 AM
For wisdom tooth extraction, there is no need for general anesthesia. Nitrous Oxide is sufficient because numbing shot is given, you donot feel anything and as the tooth is inside the mouth, you cannot see the procedure. So donot be apprehensive. Regarding the healing time, it depends upon type of impaction and accordingly the procedure varies. If the tooth is very deep in the bone and is horizontally placed then lot of bone cutting has to be done to remove the tooth and in this case you should reschedule the surgery. If it is normal impaction then you can go ahead. You can discuss this with your oral surgeon. For managing dental anxiety & wisdom tooth questions you can read the following articles for our website.. http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-anxiety-83.aspx http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-anxiety-83.aspx

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