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Will I have to be put to sleep to have a surgical tooth extraction?

You should not require sedation for a tooth extraction. Prior to a tooth extraction, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.

Sedation is a wonderful way of getting dentistry done whether it's just an extraction or for routine dental care, but it is not necessary in order to have a tooth extracted. A surgical extraction can be done with local anesthetic. Usually people who opt for sedation are the high fear patients or have difficulty getting numb with local anesthetic.
You may not require complete sedation during a surgical tooth extraction. You can have a local anesthetic or you can have a conscious sedation. If you have special medical conditions, you may be given general anesthesia.

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