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General or local anesthesia for extraction?

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Posted by: BigBone  (9 years ago)
Hi Doctor,

I went to the dentist last week to have my four wisdom teeth pulled. Unfortunately, I was not able to go through the extraction because I am allergic to one of the medications used for sedation. The dentist said I could have them removed in an operating room under heavier general anesthesia or under local anesthesia. My top wisdom teeth and the one on the lower right side are fully erupted; the one on the lower left was impacted. Is it worth it to be asleep for this procedure? I have heard many scary medical procedure stories under heavy anesthesia before. My fears with local anesthesia are I will not get numb, I will have reaction to and the dentist cannot do anything again. I want these tooth out because they are starting to give me problems especially the impacted one. What are your opinions on this? Has anyone here ever had a problem with general or local anesthesia? I would love to hear your stories. Thank you so much for your time.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hi there, since you are allergic to the in office anesthesia your best choice is to go through the operating room extraction. An example I can give you where oral procedures are done in an operating room under general anesthesia is performing multiple extraction in children with multiple caries when teeth cannot be saved. Since one of your teeth is impacted your gum needs to be surgically opened to extract the tooth and if your local anesthesia does not numb you it would be very painful.