A Look at Pain Management During and After Tooth Extractions

When a tooth cannot be saved, is taking up necessary space in the jaw, or becomes impacted, dental surgeons often recommend tooth extraction. If you’re scheduled for a tooth extraction in San Diego, then continue reading to learn about pain management for this type of procedure. tooth - extraction

Before Your Tooth Extraction

Depending on the patient and the details of the tooth extraction procedure, pain management in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas,) local anesthesia, or I.V. sedation can be used. If you are to receive I.V. sedation for a tooth extraction scheduled in the morning, then you will be instructed not to smoke, eat, or drink after midnight on the night before your procedure. For an afternoon appointment, you will be asked not to smoke, eat, or drink for at least 6 hours leading up to your appointment.

During Your Tooth Extraction

When getting ready for your appointment, you should wear comfortable clothing that is loose fitting and has short sleeves. Also, remember to remove your jewelry and contact lenses. Patients who will be getting I.V. sedation will not be able to drive themselves home, so they must arrange for transportation to and from their procedure. However, you can drive yourself home from your appointment and eat and drink as usual if you’ll be getting laughing gas or local anesthesia.

After Your Tooth Extraction

You may experience pain and swelling following the procedure, so it's important for you to take your pain medication as directed. If you feel that your pain medication isn't working effectively, then you should contact your oral surgeon’s office. To support your recovery, stay well-hydrated during this time and eat healthy foods that are soft and easy to eat. As soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so, you can return to eating normal foods. You should resume your normal oral hygiene routine after 24 hours, and your regular activities within a few days. If you still have significant swelling or severe pain a few days after your procedure, then contact your oral surgeon’s office right away.