A 40-year-old member asked:
which is better, laughing gas or anesthesia when have your wisdom teeth out ?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Daniel Quon answered
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: If you prefer to be unaware of the procedure and have minimal if any recall, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia would be recommended. Your dentist or surgeon can provide you with more information to help you decide based on the position of the wisdom teeth.
Answered on Jul 6, 2012
Dr. Lawrence Falender answered
37 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
IV sedation : Nitrous oxide is a relative analgesia and may be ok for simple third molar surgery. When the wisdom teeth are impacted, i always recommend the IV sedation, which allows a patient to sleep through the procedure with little memory of the process.
Answered on Jan 31, 2015
Dr. Peter Zimmerman answered
32 years experience Pain Management
Versed: I had mine out 25 years ago with concious sedation. Smooth induction, no nresidual effect, and peri-procedural retrograde amnesia.
Answered on Jun 29, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered
27 years experience Podiatry
Ask the Surgeon: The person peforming the procedure is always a good person to ask and have everything explained to you. Laughing gas btw is not a substiture for anesthesia. At minimum you will still get local anesthesia. I, myslef when having the procedure had both local anesthesia and "laughing gas" and procedure was smooth with no pain.
Answered on Jul 15, 2012
Dr. Richard Pollard answered
29 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: Laughing gas is a form of anesthesia that is commonly used in dentists offices. Wisdom teeth can be taken out with local anesthesia and some sedation. Rarely is full general anesthesia needed.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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