I need to have about 5 teeth pulled-2 wisdom teeth and 3 molars- and I'm afraid of the side effects of laughing gas. What are some of your experiences with side effects after using laughing gas? Also, has anyone gotten extractions without being sedated? Would you recommend it? Thanks http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/cool.gif
I had eight teeth extracted a few weeks ago. I was givcn a prescription for valium (10MG)and was told to take 1 pill one hour before my appointment.
I was still kind of nervous when I sat down in the dentist chair and when they put the mask on I got kind of nervous of what to expect. But it felt like really nothing to me. I told the dentist that I wasnt feeling any different and he said I probably wouldn't, but that it would help settle me down. In retrospect, it did do that. I was completely alert with what was going on, and not concerned of having a panic attack. In fact, for me personally that was the significance of the gas - before putting on the mask I was afraid of having a panic attack and once I had it on, I never thought about that. As far as side effects, absolutely none. They turned the gas off and increased the oxygen for a bit and that was it. When they took the mask off I didnt feel any different than when it was on. Besides the extractions, I had gum work and was in the chair for almost two hours.
A week after the extractions I had to go for some more gum work and again had the gas (with one valium beforehand) and again had the same sensations.
I had all of my wisdom teeth removed using only novocaine. I felt nothing and I trusted the dentist. The only thing is that you do feel them "break" your teeth and a couple of crunching sounds...which was fine with me. I'd rather know exactly what was going on in my mouth than to be out of i. When I was about 12 yrs old, I had laughing gas to fill a very deep filling and I was very scared but it did knock me out so to say, and I woke up jsut fine.
it's really up to you....
laughing gas won't hurt you at all. i had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled a month ago. They gave me laughing gas and then the IV. It was pretty interesting. I looked at the needle as it was going into my hand...i was actually giggling at it and telling the dentist how "interesting" the experience was. Have fun with the laughing gas.
I've had laughing gas on 3 occasions, and I've had no trouble. If your pretty terrified about going to the dentist, i'd recommend going under general anaethetic if your undergoing a more difficult procedure. I had an impacted tooth removed a few months ago (the root of the tooth touched my jaw, so it was pretty deep down in my gums!). I went under general anaethetic, and everything went fine! I didn't have to experience the trauma of sitting in the dental chair, while an oral surgeon did god knows what to my mouth!
But if your happy to just go under happy gas, make sure they give you plenty of it! When I had a tooth surgically exposed, the oral surgeon gave me barbiturates and happy gas, but I didn't have enough happy gas, and felt VERY alert and was absolutely terrified!
Thanks for all your responses! I'll be going in for the procedure within the next few weeks, and I'm still trying to decide whether or not to do laughing gas. One thing I'm afraid of is the after effects- I've heard horror stories about severe lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting after the procedure is over. I think I'm more afraid of that part than the actual procedure itself. But it sounds like most of you were happy with how everything turned out, so it's put my mind at ease a little
I used to always get nitrous at dental visits as a child. I remember being awake but 'spaced out' staring at the ceiling not caring what what happening to me. From what I hear, nitrous oxide can have effects on the heart & lungs, but that requires doses that far exceed what you get at the dentist office. I've read its MUCH safer than general anesth...anethsss...sedation. Its real good for people who have trouble with pain being dulled by Novocaine. Apparently, NO2 and Novocaine combo works great.
As a certified dental assistant I can tell you that Nitrous basically lessens anxiety. It doesn't dull pain. But in a relaxed state you are less likely to be nervous about general anesthesia, or the "shot". In any office worth it's salt, a topical anesthetic such as 20% benzocaine should be used to "numb" the tissue prior to injection. If you see them with a swab of jelly like stuff, that is topical. If you get none, then they aren't very nice. Nitrous only has adverse affects if the levels are too high. In most states nitrous is only legally maintained by the Dr., and only in very small doses that are mixed with oxygen. Like anything with potential hazards, when used properly, it is safe. If you are very scared, tell your dentist, he will work with you. I am sure he wants you to be comfortable for your benefit and his/hers. Even too much toothpaste can be a bad thing, but you would have to eat tubes and tubes!!