It’s bad enough to be facing a tooth extraction to begin with. You shouldn’t have to worry about enduring a painful procedure on top of the prospect of having a gap in your smile. Most people do not want to endure the painful injections, the pressure, the sounds of cracking and popping and the cutting and digging. If an oral surgeon performs the procedure your worries can disappear. Not only are they the most skilled at exodontia, otherwise know as tooth removal, but they are the only specialists truly qualified to safely and properly offer comfortable sedation.
Our downtown Chicago Loop oral surgeons can take steps to maximize patient comfort when extracting a tooth, both by creating a calming environment in the office and providing medications that put you at ease during the procedure.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have unparalleled training and experience in administering various forms of anesthesia and sedation for tooth extraction, and the medications involved are safe and effective.
Patients have a number of sedation options for tooth extraction. Your oral surgeon can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type to help you choose the one that is most suitable in your case.
Anti-anxiety medications, often benzodiazepines, are commonly used as sedatives for dental care. Those drugs are delivered intravenously for a nearly instantaneous effect. Another sedative option is nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas.” This method also takes effect quite rapidly and is administered in conjunction with intravenous medicine for an amazingly smooth and easy experience.
With those sedation techniques, the patient remains somewhat conscious, although deeply relaxed. This allows the patient to respond to the oral surgeon’s directions during the procedure.
General anesthesia, which renders patients unconscious, is also often used with surgical tooth extraction, and its in-office use has a tremendous margin of safety. Patients often request that they “do not want to see, feel, or hear anything”, and this is the preferred method to accomplish that.
When choosing a sedation method, keep in mind that the strength of anesthetic needed will vary by the circumstances of the extraction. Some patients may be able to tolerate a basic extraction with only local anesthetic or a very mild sedative. On the other hand, extraction of an impacted tooth, such as a wisdom tooth, will require general anesthesia.
In addition to anesthesia during the extraction, your oral surgeon will also prescribe narcotics (painkillers) to improve your comfort as you heal in the first few days following the procedure.
In advance of a tooth extraction, be sure to make an informed choice about the comforts that sedation offers. Call 312-328-9000 and talk with our Downtown Chicago oral surgeons to get all of the information that you need.