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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does the laughing gas or anesthesia make you feel loopy after wisdom teeth extraction?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Yes and No: Iv sedation can make you feel loopy following the procedure because it will take several hours ot work its way out of your system. Nitous oxide or laughing gas wears off very quickly once it it is removed.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly...: Any kind of anesthesia can make you lightheaded and somewhat dizzy, so if that's what you mean by "loopy", the answer is yes. Laughing gas is nitrous oxide, and should completely leave your system by the time you're discharged. I.V. Anesthesia lasts longer, and can make you "loopy" for awhile, but the effects should also subside rather quickly. Feel free to discuss these effects with your doctor!
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Only briefly: The anesthetic agents used for wisdom teeth extraction are very short acting. The nitrous oxide only lasts until you have blown it off in your lungs (about 5 minutes). The IV medications will also have a short active time.

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Why is laughing gas used when having wisdom teeth pulled?

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Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 23 years experience
Anxiety: Most people are very nervous about having their wisdom teeth pulled. The laughing gas helps to relieve some of that nervousness.

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