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Dental Extractions

There are many reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. Examples include cavities, crowding, pain, swelling, and tissue or bone loss around the tooth. Extractions may also be necessary in preparation for a bridge, partial denture, complete denture or placement of dental implants.

For 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure you will bit on gauze. In the following 24 hours, refrain from rinsing your mouth, sucking through straws, smoking, drinking hot beverages and strenuous activity.

It is ok to take pain medication during this time. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, please follow the instructions you are given. To keep swelling at a minimum, you may use an ice pack for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. When the numbness has subsided, drink plenty of fluids and eat soft food on the other side of your mouth, away from the extraction site.

You may resume a normal diet when the pain and discomfort subsides. Continue brushing and flossing your teeth and clean gently around the site until it heals. You may use medications as prescribed for pain relief. Use caution when combining prescribed medications with over the counter medications such as Tylenol.

I.V. Sedation

I.V. sedation generally begins with the administration of nitrous oxide in our office. A small I.V. is placed in your hand or arm to administer medication. Dr. McPherson is trained to safely provide various levels of I.V. sedation from light I.V. sedation to deep sedation or general anesthesia. The option of I.V. sedation will be discussed during the consultation. The patient is evaluated to make sure it is safe in an outpatient setting. If you are scheduled for surgery with I.V. sedation it is important to avoid eating or drinking eight hours prior to surgery. It is generally safe to take medications with a small sip of water. Dr. McPherson will review your medication list at the consultation and give specific instructions about medications that need to be withheld prior to surgery. Patient’s who undergo I.V. sedation need an escort that accompanies them to the appointment and remains with them after the surgery.

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