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When getting tooth extractions would you recommend Nitrous Oxide over Novocaine?

do they give you the Novocaine with the gas?

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The Nitrous Oxide will only relax you somewhat...it will not stop you from feeling pain. Novocaine is necessary.

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will it help with the pain from the needle?
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Nope, it isn't an anesthetic...it's a,"make you relaxed" drug. You still feel pain...you just don't care as much...that's what the dentist I worked for many years ago always told the patients. Some people needed the gas in order to let us administer the novocaine.
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ugg! I am a nervuse reck! do they still give the "num" stuff before the needle?
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I think most all dentists do. Take the gas first...it will help you relax. Good luck!
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Well, you definitely want Novocaine. If you are really nervous, some dentists will give you gas too, just to calm you down. If it's offered, take it. If it's not, request it.

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thanks I'll beg for it if I have to! lol
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I would call your dentist before going in. I think some dentists have stopped providing it due to regulations and increased insurance. If they don't, ask if there is another dentist they could recommend that does provide nitrous. I did that one time for an extraction and my regular dentist was more than happy to set me up with another dentist for the procedure.
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You'll get both. You can also ask for a script for anti-anxiety/relaxant such as Ativan or Valium. They'll prescribe 1-2 to take prior to the extractions. I had extensive dental work done not long ago and was given all of it. Best of luck Julie. Let me know how you're doing. how's your husband doing?

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thanks candy.they didn't say anything about pills. I'm haveing 4 teeth extracted tue.would it hurt if I took one of my colonapin (spelling) before going in? my husband feels better (so he says) thanks for asking. he hates the docs more than me! :)
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Clonopin is fine. Take one about an hour before you go. Good luck. I had 6 removed.
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thanks again for the piece of mind candy!
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Nice, candy!
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Thanks TL!
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Depending on how many you have extracted. I've had one or two removed with just novacaine, it didnt hurt but it was an odd sensation and yea the needle hurts a little initially. But I know of people who've had multiple removed and they were gassed and felt no pain.

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If nitrous is offered, my experience of late is that you have to pay for it, and it's probably not covered by dental insurance. While it's true that nitrous does not entirely get rid of pain like Novocain does, it dulls the pain down so far that you literally don't care what is going on inside your mouth. For me it's not necessarily the pain I hate, but the ever-present possibility of pain happening unexpectedly. Nitrous eliminates that anxiety. They will give you Novocain whether you get nitrous or not. My recommendation: Take the nitrous if it's offered and you can afford it.

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thank you for that piece of mind!! I am getting the nitrous! that was perfectly explaned. I think I am afraid of unexpected pain.
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