Teeth may need to be removed for a number of different reasons: extensive decay, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, infection, or trauma. In most situations involving one or several teeth, your doctor will evaluate and treat you at the same visit. Most patients are able to tolerate single tooth extractions very easily using local anesthesia alone, or local anesthesia in combination with nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”.
However, not all extractions are the same. Some “routine single tooth extractions” can be very difficult and traumatic for the patient and local anesthesia is not enough. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are extensively trained to provide outpatient IV sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Schwartz offers you the very best care possible in a safe, comfortable and pain free environment. He will carefully assess the surgery needed and make the appropriate anesthesia recommendation.