I probably have to get my wisdom teeth removed due to one of them growing crooked, crowding, etc. How awful is oral anesthetic? Is it possible to get them removed without it, or is that a terrible idea? (I have heard that these teeth come out easier than others so I wasn't sure.)
I haven't had to take any medicine or anything since going Paleo, so I'm kinda nervous about feeling like crap for days afterwards. Please tell me your stories of wisdom teeth removal.
edit thanks everyone, I wasn't planning on "rejecting modern medicine" but I was just concerned with how I might feel afterwards.
I'm not a dentist but I don't think it's possible to request having teeth extracted with no anesthetic, I can't imagine someone agreeing to do that to a patient. I also think that even if you could, getting teeth pulled without ANY anesthetic would be way, way, way, way higher up on the list of "horribly unpleasant things" than any lingering side effects from the anesthesia. Local anesthetic doesn't usually cause any anyway. Why do you think it might be awful?
My story of wisdom teeth removal: I had it done under general anesthesia. No side effects from that AFAIK. I felt kind of shitty after for a few days but I'm pretty sure that's kind of par for the course after wisdom tooth extraction. It's just not much fun.
Don't worry! I recently had an oral anesthetic because I needed a crown. There's a mild discomfort when it's administered, then the dental procedure is pain-free. Unlike the old days with Novocaine, there was no aching after the fact--my lip felt a little numb and that was it.
If you trust this dentist enough to let him/her do the procedure, then trust him/her to keep you comfortable. For wisdom tooth removal, I wouldn't consider going without anesthetic.
I was completely out for my wisdom teeth extraction. Topical, N2O gas, and something IV. I came out a little loopy, but your head clears up pretty fast. I had essentially no pain for mine, during or after. I took Vicodin the first day afterwards.
Do not confuse paleo with the rejection of modern medical practices. Grok died young because easily preventable infections and injuries. No need for you to follow in his footsteps.
Novacaine or lidocaine, I am not up on the latest numbing methods, is probably your best bet. Total unconsciousness through anesthesia is not the best thing for your system. With these oral injections you will feel no pain at all, only your own fear. Trust me. I have experienced this on many occasions.