Root Canal: Should I Do Nitrous?

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  1. Texicaster

    Texicaster Tele-Afflicted

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    Made it to 59 with one dental problem. Broke a tooth 2 years ago and repair has failed so root canal today.

    While pain a minor concern the sitting there for an hour will be tough as I am of a restless nature at best.

    $100 for the nitrous option I'm considering.

    Does it make a difference? Any "hang over"? I still gotta work afterwards... I've only used it recreationally like 30 years ago amid other party favors so not sure what a pure dose would be like.

    Thanks,
     
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    Nitrous and Pink Floyd.
     
  3. Bob Mc

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    Doesn't give me a hangover and have used it for multiple dental things.
     
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    I would do nitrous even without a root canal, maybe a tooth cleaning.
     
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    I had a very bad hangover from it once.. not sure if it was the nitrous or the IV they put me on. I was out for about 4 hours and had all my wisdom teeth removed.

    I have had the other anesthetic where they just give you gas and you're kind of awake but super out of it to the point you don't really care about anything.. that had no hangover. That got you high as a kite but at some point before the full dose hits.
     
  6. ale.istotle

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    I would always avoid general anesthesia if local will do. There's inherently more risk in sedating the whole person. Might be small, but it's not zero.
     
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    There’s no hangover from nitrous oxide if it’s done right, and it’s a superb anxiety reducer.
     
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    Can't speak to the root canal but can speak to the nitrous. Makes you very pleasantly out of it and relaxed. Makes the work easier for the dentist because you give up reflexive resistance but can still respond to basic requests, like turning head one way or the other, etc. Also has a subtle sensory enhancement effect so see if you can wear earphones and enjoy some tunes. And no hangover. I think my dentist had me wait a little while before driving.

    The effect is so pleasant that my dentist was hooked on it for awhile. No joke, nitrous oxide abuse is (or was) a serious problem among dentists.

    My dentist told me the story of his habit while I was high on nitrous once. I would have liked to un-hear that at the time.
     
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    I had a root canal done less than a year ago on a back molar and really never even felt the need for gas dental tech has come a long way in the past 20 yrs hope it helps and good luck!
     
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    It's an odd experience. You still "feel" some pain, but it doesn't bother you. It's like someone handed you a post card that says "your mouth hurts". You know, but it has no impact at all. I had no hangover from it, unlike other anaesthesia.
     
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    Nitrous! Breathe deeply. Enjoy the ride.
     
  12. getbent

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    man, I had a root canal about 20 years ago, no nitrous and I was awake the whole time... Oh well, it worked. I'd take the nitrous anytime.
     
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    Root canal is a piece of cake. Nitrous brings way too many risks for the relief of very short term irritation. FWIW
     
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    I used to avoid even local anesthesia for dental work (including drilling and cavity filling).

    More recently, I decided that I would do whatever the dentist recommends so "he" isn't nervous. I think they fear your reflexes when you aren't on anything - what if you flinch while he is drilling?

    I've concluded that the dentist's work is no better or worse for my choices. I'm sure this doesn't help ... :)

    The dentist is a professional, go with the recommendation.
     
  15. Dan German

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    If it was me, I would. I prefer spiders to dentistry, and I have a real problem with spiders. I once had to have multiple extractions, and the dentist told me I “didn’t need general anaesthetic if I didn’t want it” and I laughed in his face and told him it wasn’t me that needed me knocked out, it was whoever took the teeth.

    As others have stated, this isn’t the dark ages, and root canals are no biggie for most people. Honestly, judge it by your own nervousness about it; if you’re not real worried about it, don’t bother, because you will be relaxed enough anyway.
     
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    Go on... it might be a laugh
     
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    Just rub my gums with the finest Colombian...
     
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    Dental Nitrous made me nauseous with big drops of sweat on my forehead .
     
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    I like nitrous but most dentists don't offer it anymore. I had it for an extraction and it worked great.
     
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    I would never have thought of using coffee! Great suggestion!
     
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