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Old 08-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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It depends on a lot of factors. How difficult the extractions will be, how the doctor feels about the patient and how they will do, comfort level for both doctor and patient.......

Now, my personal opinion is for the IV. Removing 4 wisdom teeth can be daunting for the patient. And it seems to me that if the doctor can work unencumbered then it will much smoother and quicker for both.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:37 PM
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:46 PM
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Perhaps I'm a rare exception, but I got very nauseous after receiving NO. I used to get it as a kid without a problem, but that changed when I hit my early 20's. You do not want to be vomiting after wisdom tooth removal. Maybe a trial run?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:25 PM
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Pulling wisdom teeth, nevertheless 4 of them is a big deal. I had mine pulled at 18 and had an IV and was glad I did.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:28 PM
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I don't know if they still use it but many many years ago I had root canal surgery and the dentist knocked me out with 'sodium pentothal' which was used most commonly to put patients to sleep for surgical operations or dental work. They said I sure had some powerful language and stories to tell while I was out.
It's commonly called the "truth serum".
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by younglisa7 View Post
I am going in for a root canal on Thursday and I have the option of using Nitrous Oxide. Has anyone ever used this? Any ill effects? Should I eat something before hand?

I've had 5 root canals, they are not horrible. It's basically a long appt that isnt much different from a filling except they do use dental dams so you have more gear in your mouth (which isn't as bad as it sounds) & done over an avg of 3 visits. The worst part only lasts a nano second, shots on the gum line or roof of your mouth, I've had painful to barely a sting injections, nothing to stress about. Hurts far less than a tetanus injection in the arm.

For me, I prefer a root canal, I have far far far less pain & swelling after one than a standard filling. I always have looked like I got out of A bar fight & feel it too, from a filling. Hate them.

As for nitrous. Ask them to go slow & start low, you can ask for it to be turned up higher if you are doing okwith it. I usually keep it pretty low, I like it to get rid of my shaking nerves but not make my legs feel like they are floating. The worst of it is the nose piece, getting it situated just right so no leaks around it & the initial funny scent. (tho some have fruit scents now). When they are in the last few minutes they tur. Off nitrous & give only oxygen, it helps clear the nitrous & bring you back to earth, takes less than 5min to clear.

Eta I just realized how old this thread is, oops

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Bulldogdad View Post
Ok experts could I please get some feed back on NO vs IV sedation. The dentist/oral surgeon has recommended IV sedation to remove my daughters four wisdom teeth that are starting to turn. They are not yet impacted but heading that direction.

NO- 50 dollars

IV-600 dollars.

I had NO when I had mine out and everything went fine.


She is going to be 16 in Oct BTW if it matters.

Thanks in advance.
Wisdom teeth are far different from root canal, if you love her you will do IV. I couldn't imagine going thru mine without it. Omg, no.
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