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How Safe Is Sedation And How Is It Done?

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Hi I need some teeth pulled and I was wondering how safe sedation is?I dont think I wanna be awake for it I think id freak out.They told me they put a neddle in your arm and then they want to know your weight has anyone here ever done this?And how safe it it?Please explain.Im scared.Thank you
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replied October 27th, 2003
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As indicated you will receive an injection in the back of your hand or in your arm. This normally be done by a specialist working with your dentist on set days each week.


You should be monitored throughout the process and experience no problems, you will have little or no memory of the work being done.


This is a better option than having a ga, but will normally mean someone
will need to collect you from the dentist and drive you home.


I would not be concerned

mike
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replied October 28th, 2003
Mike is correct.

You will have an iv placed in your hand, or your arm (the "pit" of your elbow) this will be done by an anesthesiologist, who will stay with you through the entire procedure, to make sure that the sedation process runs smoothly.

The anesthesiologist will monitor your heart and breathing with monitors. You will probably have oxygen placed over your nose to make breathing easier while you are asleep.

The iv goes in, and when he is ready, he will administer the medicine slowly, you will start to feel a little light headed and tired, and you will drift off to sleep. When the procedure is finished, they stop giving you the medication, and you wake up! Simple as that.

You wont remember a thing!

It's really nothing to get worried about it. When it's all over, you will look back and ask yourself "what was I all worked up about?" Laughing

good luck!

~qriosity~
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replied October 28th, 2003
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The process effects people differently, but you can expect to feel
a little fuzzy or tired for a few hours after the procedure.

You want be allowed to leave the dentists office until they are confident that you will be fine.

If you are having bottom teeth removed you can expect a moderate a amount of discomfort for 1 to 2 days, if its upper teeth then you will
notice less discomfort.

Mike
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replied October 28th, 2003
Sounds like you maybe have had it done?Anyway I think I will thanks to your help I just cant be awake for getting teeth pulled I really would freak out.How did you feel after you woke up from your sedation?I never been put asleep for anything so im real nervous.Im glad I found this board with such great people like you to help.
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replied October 28th, 2003
Mike, I didn't know that! Uppers don't hurt as much? I wonder why..?

Tooth,mike is right, everyone does react differently to it, I took my brother to get dental surgery done, and when he woke up, he was ready to go, like "ok can I go home now?"

i've had 6 teeth pulled (yes six!!!!) all 4 wisdom, and 2 molars (both on the bottom) over 3 visits, and each time I was put to sleep. (i'm a big baby when it comes to pain... Anything and I mean anything to avoid pain!
When I wake up, I usually need to sit for a few minutes, i'm usually light headed, or a bit dizzy, and a little disoriented... But that doesn't last very long.

One of my visits, by the time I woke up, the novacaine had already begun to wear off, and I was feeling a little pain, so I simply asked for another shot of novacaine. The doctor was more than willing to give it to me... So don't be afraid to ask for whatever you need. They don't want you to be uncomfortable or in pain.

Dental work of any kind is never fun, and i'm sorry that you have to have the work done.

Come back and let us know how it went!

~qriosity~
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replied November 4th, 2003
Hi,
i'm a newbie to this board, but I have decades of dental experience...(unfortunately)

my 4 wisdom teeth were pulled while I was asleep and the procedure itself was not a big deal. Had a fair amount of swelling and a little pain afterward though.

I also had 2 upper molars pulled while awake. Not a pleasant experience, but it wasn't painful.

If you are terribly anxious, ask your dentist if you can have a valium or something before the procedure. It will really mellow you out. Wink but, bottom line is that they won't let you suffer. Try not to let any past bad experiences ruin your opinion of all dentists. I've had my share of bad ones, but there are plenty of great ones out there too.

Take care...
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