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I need to take 4 teeth out to straighten my other teeth. When extracting, is local safer than general anesthesia? I'm really scared to extract any.

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

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A good local is usually safer but but a bad local is often less safe.
Fear increases pain and pain can kill so being asleep can be safer. Local and sedation is often the best. Sometimes general is safest. If medical conditions exist there should be someone trained in anesthesia to watch you beside the person doing the procedure cannot watch you and do the procedure as well.

In brief: Ask Q's of DDS & MD

A good local is usually safer but but a bad local is often less safe.
Fear increases pain and pain can kill so being asleep can be safer. Local and sedation is often the best. Sometimes general is safest. If medical conditions exist there should be someone trained in anesthesia to watch you beside the person doing the procedure cannot watch you and do the procedure as well.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Local is safer

In general local anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia.
If I have a patient with complex medical issues that may complicate general anesthesia, i will do the surgery with local anesthesia. However you should discuss all the options with your dentist prior to your procedure.

In brief: Local is safer

In general local anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia.
If I have a patient with complex medical issues that may complicate general anesthesia, i will do the surgery with local anesthesia. However you should discuss all the options with your dentist prior to your procedure.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Less is always better. That said if you are healthy the risk if ga is very low.

In brief: Yes

Less is always better. That said if you are healthy the risk if ga is very low.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Local

Local is much safer than general anesthethia.
Best that you get a second opinion regarding the need for the extractions in the first place. Many times extractions may be easier but not better.

In brief: Local

Local is much safer than general anesthethia.
Best that you get a second opinion regarding the need for the extractions in the first place. Many times extractions may be easier but not better.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dr. Peter Flaherty
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Dr. Babak Jouhari
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Local

Local anesthesia is adequet enough almost for all extractions.
Most probably you need to extract 4 premolars (that's usually the case for ortho) they are not typically hard extractions. Don't be afraid find a good dentist and trust her or him.

In brief: Local

Local anesthesia is adequet enough almost for all extractions.
Most probably you need to extract 4 premolars (that's usually the case for ortho) they are not typically hard extractions. Don't be afraid find a good dentist and trust her or him.
Dr. Babak Jouhari
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Talk to Dentist

Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient.
If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. I don't even remember the procedure after a little dose of valium. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck.

In brief: Talk to Dentist

Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient.
If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. I don't even remember the procedure after a little dose of valium. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology

In brief: Depends.

It depends on your medical history, and where you are having the surgery.
Properly administered, general anesthesia is very safe in healthy patients. Your oral surgeon needs to have the appropriate monitoring equipment, and a separate person to monitor and administer the anesthetic. Local is also safe, and in some sicker patients may be preferred.

In brief: Depends.

It depends on your medical history, and where you are having the surgery.
Properly administered, general anesthesia is very safe in healthy patients. Your oral surgeon needs to have the appropriate monitoring equipment, and a separate person to monitor and administer the anesthetic. Local is also safe, and in some sicker patients may be preferred.
Dr. John Stork
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