Despite your best efforts, teeth sometimes need to be removed to protect your health. When we’ve discussed all other possibilities and you’ve decided on extraction, we’ll take every step to help you. Your well-being always takes priority in any treatment decision. Some patients prefer sedation to help with oral surgery, and we can include medicated options into your plan. Regardless, we take every measure to make even minor surgical procedures as comfortable as possible.
Teeth present varied levels of removal difficulty, but the Restoration Smiles team takes pride in helping every patient get numb with modern anesthetics to start every procedure. Once anesthesia settles in, careful steps are taken with instruments designed to elevate your tooth out of place. Specific instructions help you care for the area after your procedure, with prescriptions for any medications needed during the healing period.
While we consider the short-term management of your care, we should also discuss your long-term plans for replacing missing teeth. Leaving a space is always an option, but spaces in your smile can create appearance and functional challenges that are important to consider. Teeth slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, and minimizing the instability of an unbalanced bite can save a number of complications later in life.
Although our primary goal is to help your teeth stay healthy and functional, we can guide you through an extraction when needed. Fortunately, your mouth can be restored back to health after tooth removal. Since teeth help nourish our bodies and support our confidence, we will help you find a game plan that fits your short and long-term goals.
Sedation During Dental Extraction
A dental extraction may be painful, which is why we provide sedation during the extraction process. Sedation dentistry is the use of medicine that helps you relax during dental extraction. Not only does sedation alleviate anxiety, but it also ensures that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the tooth extraction process. Sedation dentistry is also referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but that term isn’t accurate. In most types of sedation dentistry, the patient stays awake. You will only go to sleep if the dentist uses general anesthesia.
Different Types of Sedation for Dental Extraction
Different levels of sedation are used, depending on the length of the dental extraction procedure and the patient’s tolerance to pain. These are the different types of sedation dentistry for dental extraction.
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” this is the most common type of sedation used during dental extractions. During this sedation dentistry, you will inhale the nitrous oxide through an oxygen mask. The effects of this gas kick in immediately, and they also wear off quickly. Once the effects of this sedation wear off, you feel like you’ve woken up from a nap.
- Halcion: This is a type of sedation dentistry in which you have to consume a pill usually prescribed for insomnia. The effects of the pill kick in almost immediately, but they wear off within two hours. As such, Halcion is perfect for dental extractions since they conclude well within that time frame.
- Intravenous: Intravenous methods are used for deeper sedation needs. IV sedation goes directly into the bloodstream, and it works immediately. The dentist controls the level of sedation, and they can monitor the level during the dental procedure. As such, IV sedation provides a greater level of control to the dentist.
Is Sedation Necessary for Dental Extraction?
For basic or simple wisdom tooth extraction, you may only need local anesthesia before the surgery. However, sedation is mandatory in most cases because it alleviates the patient’s anxiety, which allows the dentist to work effectively.