Root Canal: Should I Do Nitrous?

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  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Many years ago, I had a root canal, on a molar, with a simple needle injection - and didn't feel a thing! ;)

    I feared the worse, but trusted my dentist. He was right! :)
     
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    Had 3 root canals, just frozen, no big deal
     
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    Many many years ago when I was young and stupid a bud worked for a while as a hospital orderly. He managed to liberate an entire cylinder of nitrous, oh what a summer we had!!!
     
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    I have had four different root canals done historically and only took Novocaine all I can say is that it took care of the operation just fine and nothing hurt as much as the way my tooth felt before having it taken care of
     
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    It depends on the person like many things. If you are senstitve to such things, it can be an unpleasant experience. I know as I am one of them. It makes me severly ill and I will have the spins for house after...it has been that way since I was a teen.

    My advice to you is if this would be your first time, I would choose a local instead.
     
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    It'll stain your teeth.
     
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    LOL... I don't think he was talking about coffee.

    But Coke is used to anesthetize the eyes, not gums if I understand correctly.

    It must have been the IV anesthetic that gave me the hangover... everyone's description of Nitrous matches up with my experience, so I guess the other times (non-dental) were nitrous.

    That IV anesthetic hangover I had was horrific. Nothing like dry heaves when you just had 4 teeth removed!

    I know I'm sensitive to opiates too.. when I had those 4 teeth removed they sent me home with an opiate, I only took one, it was really bad.
     
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    A simple injection usually works well for a lower jaw root canal because it is possible to block all nerves on the pain pathways. It’s more difficult to get complete blocking of the pathways from the upper jaw. I’ve had injections for both upper and lower and done OK. Want to hear from a real dentist? Post on the PRS forum.
     
  9. suave eddie

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    I'm pretty sure you have it backwards. The pure dose would have been recreational. I'm pretty sure the dentist mixes it with oxygen. Don't think there is any worry of "hang over". I've had several root canals but never had nitrous from a dentist. Root canals in my experience are not especially painful, but as you mentioned can be time consuming. Go for it if you think you'll be more comfortable.
     
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    I've had two. The first one about ten years ago and the dentist warned me it was going to hurt for a couple of seconds, even after local anaesthetic. #&%~$@#! - he wasn't joking; I nearly jumped clear of the chair and cussed like a sailor, which made the pretty dental assistant laugh out loud. The next one three or four years ago (with a different dentist) was painless. She couldn't understand why the first one should have hurt using the same anaesthetic.
    Come to think of it, the first dentist was Scottish and I'm English. Maybe they still haven't forgotten Braveheart. :D
     
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    Thanks!

    I'm amazing calm about it. Used to panic big time! Like I said I've only had one issue and local once and didn't feel a thing...

    I'll wait till I get there and check my level of anxiety...
     
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    There's some pretty good evidence pointing to the possibility that you should never have a root canal.
    A few dentists near me will no longer do them.
     
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    I've given up the local anesthetic. The last filling I got was done au naturel and I walked out of there with all the feeling in my face and a blood supply loaded with endorphins. Will do again.

    Root Canal is a different story. If it ever comes to that, I'll take the local nerve block needle. But anything extra - like nitrous, etc - I'll steer clear.

    Especially for $100. That could be used for gear!
     
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    Wayyyyy better than poly :D:cool:
     
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    I was advised to go for implant just due to the one and done best practice BUT much more expensive and supposedly this tooth is a good candidate for the root canal. Oral surgeon is an hour away and endocrinologist 10 minutes. OS takes 3 trips including consultation....

    You can always extract and go implant if it comes to that.

    Thanks!
     
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    When I was a boy back in the 50s our family dentist did not use anesthetic for anything. He did a root canal my broken incisor with nothing for pain. I've often thought the movie Little House of Horrors was about him. Later the Navy had to re-do the root canal because he had botched it so badly.
     
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    I had the nitrous as a kid and it was great, for some reason I haven't had it since when visiting the dentist and its painful no matter what they are doing.
    Have the nitrous and get your moneys worth. If you do get it wear a clean pair of underpants and hide your wallet.:)
     
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    Na, you should be just fine:)

     
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    I was born with little to no enamel on my teeth, consequently my dentist and I are good friend’s. I always ask how he likes my Porche.
    I’ve had lots of dental work done and too many root canals. For the drill and fill a local is fine. For a root canal I’d do the NO2. There’s no pain, and no reactions to the noise and vibration you might experience. Safer for the dentist to.
     
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    Nitrous is old tech.
    Turbos are the future.
     
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