Our Lynnwood dentist knows that surgery, even the relatively non-invasive variety performed by a dentist, can be a scary experience. It is therefore that we do everything in our power to reassure you and make the ordeal as relaxing as it can be.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
We at Song Dental Center make use of nitrous oxide for a lot of potentially painful dental procedures. It’s a sedative and pain killer that is very effective and simultaneously very safe. It is not associated with any harmful effects (though rare patients experience nausea from over-sedation). The effects of the gas wear off quickly once it is no longer being administered, and you will be perfectly able to drive yourself home within minutes of your procedure without any sort of lingering “high” or hungover feeling. If you have any further concerns about nitrous oxide, please direct them to our staff.
If a patient needs more than nitrous oxide, we are happy to offer a method called oral sedation. This is a highly effective, highly safe option for most healthy adults that allows even the most anxious dental patient to achieve total relaxation. Oral sedation comes in pill form, allowing us to execute most surgical procedures without the use of IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Most people will grow thirty-two teeth by the time they reach adulthood. This is one of nature’s little cruelties, as the human mouth is generally designed to hold twenty-eight. Not everybody grows wisdom teeth, and not everybody who grows them needs to have them extracted, but those of us who do should have these extra teeth removed before they crowd the other teeth, bring on infection, and damage your entire tooth system.
Extracting wisdom teeth is a simple, routine procedure that can be done comfortably within an hour. It may require anything from laughing gas to IV sedation, depending on how deep the job goes. Whatever your particular circumstances may be, our Lynnwood dentistry office is equipped to meet your needs.
A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible within the mouth, rather than one that might not yet have erupted from the gums. There can be many reasons for a simple extraction, including an infection to the tooth that is beyond saving, a baby tooth that isn’t falling out in time to make room for a permanent tooth, or extra teeth that are crowding your mouth.