Root Canal: Should I Do Nitrous?

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  1. G.Rotten

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  2. Mike Eskimo

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    Nitrous?

    I went into the dentist about 20 years ago for some kind of filling on a Saturday. I was the last patient. It was the Michigan/OSU game. Dentist was a Michigan grad. TV was on in the front. He starts me on the nitrous , he’s leaning out the door with one eye on the game.

    Says he’s going to give it a chance to work and he’ll be back in a second.

    had I not been experienced in the “leisure time” use of the gas, something serious could’ve happened because after about seven or eight minutes I pulled the mask half off and I said to myself - I’m getting way too high.

    It subsided I put the mask back on. He still wasn’t there and once again a minute later I was an inch from the ceiling agin, floating around the room with a big grin.


    No question he had the flow rate way too high.

    So I pull the mask off again and after about 11 or 12 minutes he comes in.

    He goes what are you doing?!

    I said dude, what are you doing ?! You got money on this game or something?


    I told him in no uncertain terms , had I not been the whip-it king in college he might be in serious trouble. He did not take kindly to any of this.

    He did all the rest of the filling in silence.

    Doofus...:rolleyes:
     
  3. Ron R

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    If you're going to a specialist, nitrous should not be necessary.
    This coming from a guy who: a) does not numb easily; b) is a complete wuss when it comes to mouth pain
     
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    FWIW, I had a root canal using the standard local numbing and had no pain at all.
     
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    Do the nitrous and listen to a Yes album ... Tried this in college ... Amazing ..
     
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    I'm steppin up. I'll take the nitrous for you!
     
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    Yes do it , my old dentist had a Moto “we cater to cowards” , they used nitrous for every filling or procedure. Now my new dentist charges extra up the wazoo for it. It’s not a big deal when it’s used and the “effect” goes away almost as soon as the mask is removed.

    The only time it was really strong was when I got my wisdom teeth removed.

    With the option I would suggest it, it makes a crappy dentist experience more tolerable
     
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    Maybe a tooth brushing...
     
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    I can’t help with the question but this reminds me of when I was about 10 or so I went in for work and the hygienist put me on nitrous and I think she left me too long I was sitting there on it for about half an hour before the dentist even came in
    The room I was in had one chair for drilling and such with a bigger room beside it where there was more chairs just for cleaning
    So while I was under the gas the the dentist was drilling away and the door was on a crack so I look out and I swear on whatever people swear on that I had been transported to a space ship that was occupied by big space hippos with dental masks over their faces
    Kind of freaked me out
    True story indeed, so just make sure they don’t over do you
     
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    Avoid general anesthesia if local will do unless there will be an anesthesiologist there to manage it.

    A friend of my father died in the dentist chair, got a little too much nitrous and the dentist was unable to save him.
     
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    Go nitro

     
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    I had impacted wisdom tooth out with nitrous and novocaine in August and it worked fine. I drove to work right after. Though I was kinda woozy.

    Then I lectured for 10 hours, and attended a meeting. They told me swelling and pain would increase til day 3. It did.

    I finally called and convinced them that I might have had more pain and swelling than I should. They grudgingly let me come in for a check. I walked in and the girl who I had apparently talked to on the phone gasped, and said "OMG I'm so sorry, it's just we get a lot of people who just want opioids"--(i just had motrin since they apparently don't prescribe real pain pills anymore for minor surgeries).

    Anyways, another woman comes and goes: "OMG don't let him in the waiting room, He'll scare everybody away". Original woman says, " I just have to know...Does that really, really hurt?". I laugh and say "Yes.".

    They put me in a room, another woman comes in and says, "Does your throat hurt?" I say. "Yes."

    A man comes in instantly, and says. "Did you drive here?", I say, "Yes". He says, "Can you get a ride home?". I say "Do I need to?". He says, "yes".

    5 minutes later I'm on nitrous again. A woman follows the oral surgeon in saying" We can't do this, we don't have his signature, or insurance approval." I'm nice and stoned, so I just laugh. I think I hear the oral surgeon say "I don't care, we are doing this now". I think I felt an IV go in.

    Then I woke up and my girlfriend was there. The Oral Surgeon tells me I had a nasty beta staph infection, he couldn't believe how much "stuff" he drained. Apparently, I was hours away from a serious "Deep Neck Infection", as the infection had started to migrate towards the good old heart as evidenced by the dark reddish black line going from my jaw down my neck.

    Anyways, All's well that ends well. And don't be afraid to be your own advocate when you think you are in some serious pain and swelling after surgery, Heh.

    TLDR: Finish your F'ing antibiotic prescriptions! I had a script for the infected tooth that I didn't finish (took a month to get the actual surgery scheduled). And that infection hung around, and was resistant to antibiotics and made things 2x as bad after the tooth was yanked.
     
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    I am subject to crippling, nauseating vertigo in a tilted dentist chair. For two root canal sessions I was knocked out. When the price went from $400 to $600 I switched to nitrous at a tenth of the cost.
     
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    In most applications I'd agree 'cept dental.

    Take the nitrous option. You'll be glad you did. Especially if it gets gnarly.

    The modern dental offices with the headphones & tv's had me distracted enough that I couldn't stop chuckling at the movie, of course the nitrous was to blame. It was a downright pleasant experience that I had been terrified of doing, compounded by about 15 minutes notice of the work to be done.
     
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    Quick story time!

    Years ago when I went to get my wisdom teeth pulled, they were prepping me in the chair for the nitrous. So they were getting their medical tools & stuff out and the one lady had the clip on finger sensor for heartrate and slung it over my leg.

    I replied "That's going on my finger right?" and everyone bursted out laughing. Soon afterwards, I was out. The next thing I remember I was on the car ride home with a mouthful of cotton balls.

    I never did figure out if they put that on my finger.
     
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    Well I braved it, just the novocaine and felt nothing....

    When I asked about it they asked if I was nervous and since I wasn't....

    It's just boring and like sitting in a uncomfortable chair for 45 minutes.

    I guess in the olden days it was a big deal but playing some barre chords is more pain that that was!

    :D
     
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    Wow!

    I broke this tooth ~2 years ago was repaired and it was fine till a month ago. One flare up and had to wait for ~3weeks for appt. My dentist gave me antibiotics but only take if pain or swelling. (It had subsided by the time I got to the dentist).

    I gather there is a nerve that goes from heart to teeth, almost direct route so any dental pain infection not to be messed with.

    Good news is a root canal is painless....
     
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    I've had six root canals...Nothing but locals.

    If your Dentist is good, you shouldn't really feel a thing.
     
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  20. Deeve

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    My experience w/ nitrous was positive.;)
    Presuming your dentist has a better idea of your health profile than any of us on the tdpri, I'd follow the dentist's recco.
    Once you're under, however, avoid asking your dentist to describe his rack of Ten-Tops & Dragons hack at the home-studio.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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