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A 47-year-old member asked:

Will they pull out a tooth without laughing gas or being under?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: You can have a wisdom tooth removed with only local anesthesia. Some patients choose to have the procedure performed without any type of analgesia (nitrous oxide) or other types of sedation or anesthesia.
Dr. Lawrence Falender
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Many single tooth extractions, are done with a local anesthesia (numbing), though nitrous or IV sedation anesthesia are certainly options.
Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Usually: They numb the area with an injection of local anesthetic. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) may be used as well. A general is usually not necessary.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is getting a tooth pulled without laughing gas painful?

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Dr. Richard Jaffe
38 years experience
No it is not painful: Laughing gas is useful to relax you, which can raise your pain threshold, but you will always have local anesthetic, numbing, so there won't be any pain.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do dentists pull out a tooth without using laughing gas?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Local anesthesia: Nitrous oxide does not numb up a tooth. It is just a mild sedative. Local anesthetic is always used to deaden the pain fibers for an extraction.
Sacramento, CA
A 57-year-old female asked:

I have to have a tooth pulled. How safe is laughing gas and any side effet?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Very safe: To use general anesthesia or analgesia the General Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon must be trained and licensed. Discuss your concerns with your treating Professional.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Will I be getting a shot / be on laughing gas when I get my tooth extracted?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Depends on situation: Talk to your dentist about what kind of anesthesia he/she plans to use. Tooth extraction may be done with local anesthesia alone, meaning that the area around the tooth is injected with numbing medicine. Sometimes the dentist may use nitrous oxide. Most adults will do well with local anesthesia alone unless they are very anxious; children may need more sedation or anesthesia.
Last updated Jul 18, 2014
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