While permanent, natural teeth generally last a lifetime, sometimes a tooth may need to be extracted. This can be caused by things such as trauma, decay, infection, gum disease, or overcrowding. At Amazing Smiles Dentistry, we can perform in-office extractions safely and comfortably with local anesthetic and sedation.
The Extraction Process
The procedure begins with an application of topical numbing cream to your gums. Next, you will receive an injection of local anesthetic to numb the part of the mouth the tooth will be extracted from. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the tooth will be loosened and removed. During the process, you will feel some pressure but no pain.
Forms of Sedation
Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is the most common form of sedation used during extractions. It is inhaled through the nose and helps the patient feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. We prefer to use this method because the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, allowing most patients to drive themselves home following the extraction.
If you are particularly anxious about your procedure, let us know so that we can talk to you about other sedation options including prescription medications that can be taken prior to your visit. The effects of oral sedation last much longer than nitrous oxide, and most patients will need to arrange for a ride home and someone to help take care of them for a few hours.
If you find yourself especially nervous about your oral surgery, other sedation options are available. One such option is prescription medication taken prior to your procedure. Oral sedation's effects last for hours after the extraction, so patients who choose this method will need to arrange for someone to take them home and care for them until the medication wears off.
The anesthetic will last for several hours after your procedure. Avoid eating while your mouth is still numb to prevent any damage from happening to your mouth or tongue. You may experience mild pain and swelling, and may need over-the-counter pain medication for one or two days after the procedure. You can also use an ice pack or heated compress to help reduce the swelling. For the first few days after your surgery, it is best to eat soft food only and avoid drinking with a straw to prevent bleeding. You will receive other post-surgery care instructions following the procedure from our staff.