What pain relief can I have for a tooth extraction?
A simple extraction will normally only require an anesthetic injection, which numbs the tooth and the gum around it.
A surgical procedure may involve an anesthetic injection and the use of nitrous sedation which helps you to relax. As the sedation wears off quite quickly, you should be able to drive your car to get home after a procedure using this method of pain relief.
Other types of pain relief include taking a pill about an hour before surgery, which will make you relaxed and drowsy or sedation through a vein in your arm. If the procedure is particularly complicated, or you are an extremely nervous patient, you can opt to have a general anesthetic, which will put you to sleep completely.