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Are Tooth Extractions Painful?

August 8, 2021
Posted By: Downtown Dental
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At Downtown Dental, Dr. Richard Rathke, performs gentle tooth extractions to protect your oral health and relieve pain caused by advanced tooth decay, infection, or injury. While many patients fear that a tooth extraction will be painful, the procedure shouldn’t actually hurt.

Tooth Extraction in New Orleans

Dr. Rathke will thoroughly numb the area before your extraction begins, so the most patients feel is generally some pressure as we remove the tooth. The process is quick and easy, and our empathetic team will provide you with understanding support throughout your visit.

Local anesthesia is typically enough to keep most patients calm and comfortable during an extraction. However, if you need some help relaxing during your appointment, we can help. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to patients who are anxious about having a tooth extracted.

Nitrous oxide is only a mild sedative, so if you choose to use it, you will not have to worry about finding someone to drive you to and from the appointment. It’s administered in the dental chair through inhalation and takes effect and wears off quickly. 

You will not fall asleep with nitrous oxide, and you’ll be entirely capable of communicating with the dental team. However, nitrous oxide has a calming effect that makes most patients feel happy and relaxed, making the experience more pleasant.

If you need a tooth extracted and are interested in nitrous oxide as a sedative, discuss your needs with our dentist. We’re here to help you achieve the best oral health in comfort, and we’ll do whatever we can to ease your anxiety.

Book with the Best Dentist in New Orleans

We provide stress-free dental extractions in our New Orleans dental office for your oral health. After an extraction, we may discuss tooth replacement options with you. To maintain your oral health it’s essential to replace missing teeth unless we have removed them due to overcrowding or for another similar reason.

Patients often replace their extracted teeth with dental implants and other tooth replacement solutions.

Call today to book your appointment with an excellent dentist in New Orleans and experience the gentle, efficient care our team strives to provide. 

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