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    Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

    Got to have a tooth extracted on Thursday, molar on the upper left side. Not the dentist extraction, an oral surgeon extraction. I had planned on going with a local anesthetic, but I was talking to a friend over the weekend, and he was relaying the experience of being awake while they cut a tooth out of your head, and it has me thinking that perhaps I'd rather be asleep. I guess the sounds, the smells, the taste of blood and the fact that they are literally yanking this thing out of your head is none too pleasant.

    Anyone had this done before? Any thoughts? I know I won't feel any pain one way or the other, but that sounds like about zero fun. For those of you that have had a tooth extracted using a local anesthetic only, would you do it again if you had the option of being put under?

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    just go out get drunk and have some bloke do you over with a hammer.

    u wont feel a thing till the morning.
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    I'd go with the GA if it's an affordable option. Hate tooth extractions. When I needed to take out my wisdom tooth (required surgery, the tooth was too big), I opted for GA and had all four removed while I was at it. Woke up with swollen cheeks and sore gums, but definitely happier for it than if I had to go through the ordeal with LA.

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    Go with the GA. The best thing for me when they knock I don't remember a thing. Went out like a light and next thing I knew I was in my own bed, no memory what so ever in between.
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    Hey, I just had all 4 wisdom teeth removed last week Thursday morning.

    I recommend you get put to sleep. It'll be over in no time!!, you wont feel, smell taste or have to deal with opening your mouth and having to be forced to swallow the little saliva/blood every now and then.

    It's like you were never there! Except of course for the mild pain, but with good meds, you wont feel that either.

    Go to sleeep.

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    Not sure, but I'm glad I'm not you! GL with whatever you decide.
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    dont be a woose, just get the jag and put up with it, geeez youngsters nowadays!!!

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    Re: Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

    my dad is a dentist, so i do hear about this all the time.

    for wisdom teeth, he just does oral vallium sedation...doesn't use GA anymore cause its uneccessary and expensive. the combo of vallium and nitrous will have you completely oblivious to what is going on.

    for a single tooth...GA is really not required. just make sure the doc is willing to give you nitrous...you won't give a crap he is taking out your tooth. GA knocks you out, and you aren't allowed to eat or drink anything from midnight on the day before your appointment...big hassle.

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    IMO- screw the local, go with getting knocked out. Painless and instant. I went under the knife for the same thing about a year ago and enjoyed the GA. No point in being so drugged up that you'll be drooling all over yourself. Do you have insurance to cover any of it?

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    Re: Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

    Quote Originally Posted by jarble187 View Post
    IMO- screw the local, go with getting knocked out. Painless and instant. I went under the knife for the same thing about a year ago and enjoyed the GA. No point in being so drugged up that you'll be drooling all over yourself. Do you have insurance to cover any of it?
    I do, but the insurance won't cover the GA since it's only one tooth, so it would be about $400 out of my pocket to go that route.

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    I got my wisdom teeth pulled out when I was home from college, so it was setup in a rush and I wan't told not to eat anything so I couldnt get GA ... there was pain but the hot assistant was loving me and it was worth it ... I was out in 15 mins

    so it depends how u are with pain ...

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IMO is to pop 2 viks as soon as ur out, that is what hurts most and have all the ice cream and pudding u can eat ready b4 u get it done
    be prepared ... the GA isnt neccesary but if its available and uve made all ur other preparations y not ...

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    Re: Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

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    its not wisdom teeth man, getting one tooth pulled isn't that bad.


    and no, its definitely NOT worth $400 out of pocket to get GA for a 10 minute proceedure for which you will essentially be stoned on nitrous for...

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    Re: Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

    getting stoned on nitrous > being put under

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    i don't know what I had the last time i had to get one of my wisdom teeth pulled, but it didn't hurt too much, just the pressure of them yanking it out was weird. But damn if it didn't immediately feel better about my mouth. I've been so happy about that since.
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    Re: Tooth Extraction -- General or Local Anesthetic

    getting stoned on nitrous > most anything

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