16 extractions without being sedated

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I am in the early stages of my denture journey, by that I mean I'm in the planning stage. Long story short I've had issues with my teeth for about 20 yrs and my teeth are not healthy by any means so they all must come out. I only have 16 teeth remaining, I plan on have them all removed and an immediate full set of dentures placed. My question is has anyone else had 16 (or around 16) teeth extracted with the use of Novocain only? I do not plan on being sedated due to financial reasons, but am curious to know if anyone else has gone down this path and how was the experience? Thanks in advance!
April
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I wouldn't do it without first taking some Valium or Xanax, just to be good and relaxed for the procedure. Ask for a script for just a few, it won't be expensive.
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Thank you Jayelle, I will definitely talk to the dentist about getting a script :o)
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:)
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My dentist gave me 2 pills to take an hour before the procedure that cost me $110. It was MUCH less than the $600 we paid for my husband to be knocked out for his wisdom teeth extraction a month later. I had 11 teeth extracted before my immediate denture. Lets put it this way, i was SO relaxed that they gave me a blanket to snuggle under when I told em I was kinda cold and yeah, I coulda cared less what they were doing. I honestly thought i was only in the room for 30-45 minutes, but my husband says I was in there for a few hours. It went MUCH smoother because of those two little pills. I HIGHLY recommend them. Now if only I knew wtf they were. lol.
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Janis what you're describing sounds like Halcion, it kind of causes amnesia. That's what they use when they say conscious sedation. $110 is still crazy expensive for 2 pills, must be some good stuff.
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April ... I had 14 teeth extracted all at once ... I only had Novocaine.. Once your gums are NUMB.. you won't feel anything... I was glad I wasn't ''sedated'', since I think I would have needed someone to drive me 5 miles to my dentist... I also had ''bone grafts & stitches'' too, and the immediate dentures put in that day... I kept putting ''Carmex'' on my lips, since I didn't want to get ''rashes'' where the dentist put their hands or equipment on your lip area.. The following day I saw my dentist, with just a couple of ''slight raspberries'' on my chin... So, 3 days later I was at my hairdresser looking normal and 4 days later was at a meeting, speaking normal and looking normal... I took the ''antibiotics'' and used the mouth rinse the Dr. prescribed... I only took ''Aleve'' once, for my backache.. Everyone heals at different rates too... Eating ''soft foods'' for a coupler weeks was great too... I lost WEIGHT as well... So, I'm sure things will be fine with you and you'll have a GREAT SMILE once it's all over and done,, So be positive and you'll wonder what all the ''fuss'' was about!!
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Thank You Dee! Sounds like you have a great dentist & experienced a smooth recovery. I am at a point where I have "come to terms" knowing this must be done and I'm ok with that, which makes staying positive possible :o)
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Thank You Dee! Sounds like you have a great dentist & experienced a smooth recovery. I am at a point where I have "come to terms" knowing this must be done and I'm ok with that, which makes staying positive possible :o)
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I just recently had all my uppers removed without sedation. Not sure exactly how many that was, but probably about 14. They did all the back ones (mostly stubs) in one session and let some time go by before the front ones and an immediate denture. That was to give at least some of the gum tissue some time to heal. I do know that the second session involved 8 teeth. They did a good job of numbing the mouth and it was doable. Not fun, but doable and I'm no fan of dental pain. I didn't get any drug in advance, which would have been a help and sounds like an excellent idea. Main thing - don't let them get started until you can't feel a thing.
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Thank You Pat! :o)
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April, I had all my rear taken out without sedation, I did take 1 xanax the night before and a second 1 hour before. I think the total was 12 or so. I had the fronts another 16 taken out with conscious sedation, not much difference in what I remember - nearly zero.
Bill
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Hi Bill thank you for sharing :o)
I'm learning so much from this site
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I had 22 removed yesterday with only Novocaine, the dentist was wonderful, I took a Halycon (similar to Valium) she prescribed, the night before and the morning of the procedure and it helped relax me. Barely knew she was removing them, and it went so fast I was blown away. Now the "getting used to dentures" part...but his site will help with that. Go for it and get that pretty, dazzling smile back on your face. Rick
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Thanks Rick! I have been referring to this site for info as I prepare for the "big day" so far I've learned having meds before the procedure would be ideal to ease anxiety :o) I can say the more I read up on the experiences of others the better I feel about going ahead with my plan...
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Me too April, I haven't taken the leap either and so glad I didn't just go along with what the dentist I saw was telling me. For instance, he said it could only be done with general anesthesia, that alone had changed my mind immediately. At first I was terrified, now after having done a lot of research and reading about others' experiences, I'm not scared at all anymore :) Just waiting til I have time to "Drop Out" long enough to have the procedure and recover.
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When I was told that my teeth were "no good" I cried... Then I did a little research I became terrified! I got a 2nd opinion, same as the first, and I came to terms that moving forward with getting dentures knowing it was the best thing I could do for me... I have decided that in no way shape or form will I allow fear to get the best of me... I am now looking forward with a positive additude knowing I'll be better off in the end :o)
Sad truth, in high school my nickname was "Smiley" I haven't smiled in years, I truly can't wait to smile again!
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April ~ sadly, I know exactly how you feel. I still have a habit of covering my mouth whenever I laugh. I am trying to break that habit now, but I have been doing it so long, it's hard to break! I'm starting to get used to seeing myself with teeth!! It looks really strange at first ~ but I'm starting to love it. As we all know, it is so embarrasing to have bad/missing/decayed etc. teeth. It is socially unacceptable and people judge so quickly.

You will be thrilled with your new smile!! I am getting a new hairdo tomorrow to go with my new smile!! Just think, you won't have to avoid getting your pic taken, you can laugh, etc. It takes a few days of being uncomfortable for a whole new life!!! What a blessing ~ keep us posted on how you are doing.
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April ... You're going to have a GORGEOUS SMILE too!!
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April, I had 13 teeth extracted with just novocaine. An anti-axiety pill before the procedure would have been nice, but because of other narcotic pain meds I take daily because of my back, I am not supposed to take Xanax or the like. So, I did it ~ just make sure you are really numb and all you will have to deal with is pressure and noises!! If they have to trim any bone, the sound of that is kinda scary. But you will be fine!! Just think of how pretty your smile will be!! Good luck to you!!
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Thank You Tammy :o)
Just curious, did you do anything to help block out the noise? My dentist recently recommended bringing in an iPod & earbuds to listen to during the procedure.
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April, that sounds like a great idea ~ I sure wish my dental surgeon had suggested that! You should definitely do it because that will be a good distraction. Good luck to you April ~ when are you hving your extractions?
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Thanks Tammy. Oh and I'm looking to have them done the last week of February
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April, ... You'll be ''ever so glad'' you did this... just be positive and trust your Dentist... Really, as they start the ''extractions'', you'll be so NUMB, you won't feel a thing...I only had Novacaine, was fully aware of everything going on..and didn't need a ''driver'' to take me there either... I got 2 prescriptions phoned into the pharmacy, stopped at the pharmacy on my way home and picked them up...then home & applied 'Magnetic'' products to my face for swelling... I saw my dentist the next day and she told me to sleep with my dentures in for a week, until I saw her again,... She removed the stitches and examined my gums... It's been pretty ''smooth sailing'' since then.. With ''weekly'' dentist visits and adjustments when necessary, it's been a great experience..After the first month, you'll see your Dentist less, perhaps have ''soft relines'', and figured out what you can eat.. At first, soft foods...I was eating ''sausage'' at 3 weeks later..Trust me, it get's BETTER every day too..I even lost weight, so that was another ''plus'' for me..

GOOD LUCK April... I just know you're going to feel so much better, have more Confidence plus a ''BEAUTIFUL SMILE''... They'll look so natural.. people will not know unless you tell them... and it's no embarrassment either!!
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Thank You Dee! I so enjoy your positive words :o) You are definitely giving me extra courage!
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April ~ I know you will be just fine!! I saw someone say on an earlier comment thay they kept their immediate dentures in 24/7 for a week. I have never heard of that. Of course, I am certainly not an expert ~ I know, for myself, during those first few days I looked forward to giving my gums a break at night. You should listen to your dentist and do whatever he/she suggests and you will be ok!!

This form is great for tips and helpful hints ~ so stay tuned and Good Luck!!!
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April ... I really feel you'll do great.. As Tammy Moore says too, listen to your dentist... the only reason I had to wear my dentures 24/7 was because I had ''stitches & bone grafts'',.. Once I saw my dentist on the 2nd day & then 7 days afterwards, I felt my mouth looked like I was a ''Catfish''...LOL... :) So out came the remaining stitches...(I no longer needed to ''sleep'' with them either)... I was able to remove my dentures each morning to brush tho, so that was good...Just be POSITIVE and don't think of anything but that you're NOT going to suffer from anymore Toothaches, ever ever again..I promise!! GOOD LUCK April... just a few more weeks to go!! Do you have a ''date'' for this procedure yet?
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I am going in on February 24th... I am a bit nervous BUT I am also very very excited :o)
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That's good April... I know you'll be just fine too...A 'Positive' attitude is what get's us thru many life events... We're here to help you through it too...
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April, my experience that nothing involved, extractions, dentures, stitches absolutely nothing even comes close to the pain I had with some of those middle night tooth aches. If you had any of those everything else is way, way less.
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I do experience a range of tooth pain on a daily basis... Somedays it's minimal other days it's unbearable! About a month ago I had 3 abscessed teeth extracted, those kept me awake for days... I just can't wait for all of that to be over with.
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I had 23 teeth pulled. Can't remember when I was at the dentist before this (had to be at least 25 years) and I'm only 34. Went to my wife's dentist and he is a really nice guy! He flat out said that he doesn't put anyone under and I was hoping to be knocked out. Instead he used Novocaine, but I did ask for the gas and he agreed to it. Took my iPod with me so I wouldn't hear anything, within 2.5 hours everything was pulled! My teeth were very rotted and broken. They put in the healing dentures right away and I was off to get my prescription filled. That was back in September and he suggests waiting 8 months until the permanent dentures can be used. I haven't had any problems with the uppers, but he left 4 teeth on the bottom as an anchor for the bottom plate. I've had 2 relines and my bottoms don't like to stay in place (uppers are fine). I've tried the paste and powder and they both lose grip about 4-5 hours after I put them in. I know gums shrink and change, but I don't want to go in for a reline every few weeks. Any suggestions?
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Hi Jach .... You could use ''Cushion Grip'', available at CVS or on ''Amazon.com''..(it's cheaper too!) I used this religiously.. It's like a ''soft reline'' and adheres to your denture, not your mouth... You can still use Fixodent on top of this each day... I got my ''permanent'' dentures last October, and had the temporary since April... 6 mos later... Cushion Grip helped me a lot, especially after a few days from a ''soft reline'' when my gums were shrinking by the hour...My dentist really liked it too and she recommended it to her patients... Now, for the ''bottom'' partial, just ask your Dentist to tighten the ''hooks'' and that will keep the lower partial in place better... I have a lower partial too, so am fully aware of how it's supposed to feel too.... Good Luck Jach... Keep updating on your progress too...