One of the most common debates among those looking to get their wisdom teeth removed is whether laughing gas or anesthesia is better when they undergo the procedure. To fully understand this, it’s best to take a look at every aspect of the procedure and what each option has to offer.
Without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow in and are located at the very back of your mouth. In most cases, you will have two wisdom teeth grow in at the top and two wisdom teeth grow in at the bottom of your mouth. Our ancestors used to require them to chew things such as foliage, but as we have progressed over the years, they tend to come with a whole other set of dental issues.
Since our food today isn’t as tough as it used to be, and it’s processed a lot better, wisdom teeth aren’t necessary a critical part of our oral structure. If they grow in properly, you might not need them removed, but the chances of that are slim.
Most of the time they can become impacted or they can start growing in sideways, which leads one to need to embrace the benefits of wisdom teeth removal. In that case, there are two options to help make the procedure as painless as possible. Using laughing gas for the procedure or embracing the power of IV sedation, but the only way to find out which is best is to dig into what each option entails.
What is laughing gas?
Laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) is a form of sedation that’s administered through a face-mask. It’s mixed with oxygen when it is administered. This method of sedation is possible by breathing in the gas and allowing it to enter your lungs where it is absorbed.
Unlike IV sedation, when laughing gas is administered, you won’t be put to sleep. Instead, you’ll be fully awake during the procedure, but you will also feel a tingling sensation through your entire body , which is the “numbing effect” that it is used to make wisdom teeth removal as comfortable as possible.
Even though it’s one of the oldest types of sedation in existence today, many people choose to use IV sedation for surgical dental procedures so that they’re asleep during the entire process. However, laughing gas does make it possible to drive yourself home after having your wisdom teeth removed.
What is IV sedation dentistry?
For those who experience dental anxiety, IV sedation provides one with the opportunity to embrace what’s come to be known as “twilight” or “sleep” dentistry. The sedative is administered via a small needle that’s inserted into one’s hand or arm. The effects allow dental patients to be at peace and relaxed when undergoing any type of complex dental procedure.
Just like laughing gas, you will want to embrace the help of an experienced dental professional who has administered IV sedation in the past. Since it does inject the sedative directly into the bloodstream, it tends to deliver its effects a lot quicker than other types of sedation dentistry.
During the procedure, your vital signs will be monitored to ensure your safety while your dentist performs the needed dental work. Unlike less intense forms of sedation, you will want to take at least the day of the surgery off from work. You will also need to make sure that you have someone to drive you home, as using IV sedation for wisdom teeth removal can have lingering effects for several hours after the procedure is completed.
Now you might be wondering, with the ability to help ensure the procedure isn’t a painful one, what makes IV sedation stand out from its competition that’s known as laughing gas? There’s only one way to find out, and we’re about to do exactly that.
The Benefits of Anesthesia Over Laughing Gas for Wisdom Teeth Removal
In order to show you exactly how anesthesia stands out over laughing gas when used for wisdom teeth removal, we’re going to go ahead and dig into the top benefits below.
· The effects take hold rather quickly with general anesthesia.
Not only does it help get you ready for the procedure quicker than laughing gas, but it also happens more quickly than it does with other types of sedation used in today’s dental offices which makes it great for those who want to get it all over with as soon as possible.
· If needed, your oral surgeon can increase or decrease your dosage as needed.
This is a lot more control than laughing gas is able to provide during any type of dental procedure, regardless of what it is. If your dentist needs to sedate you more than you were in the beginning, they can do so rather easily.
· For complex procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, you can be put into a deep sleep.
In fact, this is the reason that anesthesia is favored when oral surgeons need to perform complex (or even multiple) procedures in one office visit. It’s no secret that this method of sedation is also the most preferred for anyone that has to get their wisdom teeth extracted.
If needed, you can be put into a deep sleep to make the procedure easier to go through than it would be if you were alert. This means that you will most likely only remember before and after the procedure, and the memory of the procedure itself will be non-existent.
· For those with dental anxiety, it’s easier to overcome than it is with laughing gas.
Nasty smells and the sound of the dental drill are some of the least liked parts of undergoing any type of oral surgery, including wisdom tooth removal. With IV sedation, you won’t have to worry about that becoming a nuisance or aggravating those with dental anxiety.
Looking for wisdom teeth removal in Houston?
Regardless of what your dental needs may be, we want to hear from you if you need wisdom tooth removal in Houston using anesthesia. We also have many other options available which we’re more than happy to discuss with you. Simply use the contact form located here on our website or give us a call directly at 281-762-0637.