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On suboxone. Prescribed Morphine before surgical tooth extraction. Possibility of feeling pain?

hello, verry scared! i have been on suboxone for about 2yrs and a little more now and i am getting some teeth pulled surgicaly on valentines day..( : ( not a very romantic day for me let me tell you) so on 2/14/13 this is happenning and i was told i am to take morphine for 3 days prior but the instructions i have say to start on the 12th(tues.) take 2 doses then agian on wed. take 2 more doses then on the day of take 1 in the a.m and another if this for real? i am terrified for my surgery to wrong because i have been on this for so long and dont want any there a possiblity i could feel the pain?? or should i reschedule?? please please help!! very worried!!!
Asked On : Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hi and welcome to HCM,
Extraction of the tooth is done only when the local anesthesia is achieved successfully.
The area is blocked completely so there is no question of pain ,the extraction area will be numb for about 2 to 3 hours post anesthesia.
Yes once the block is relieved you may experience pain after 3 to 4 hours post extraction but use for analgesics like morphine will subside the pain.
so do not worry at all , just follow the instructions give by your dentist.
post extraction it is important to maintain the extraction wound as per the dentists instructions to prevent any infection .
take care.
Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response


Thanks for writing in.

Morphine is a stong analgesic prescribed to relieve toothache before tooth extraction.

Local anaesthetics are usually injected prior to tooth extraction to anaethetise the area of extraction.

Nothing to be panic regarding tooth extraction.

The procedure is usually carried ou by experienced dentists.

I would suggest you to take complete course of antibiotics-analgesics prescribed by your dentist.


Answered: Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend, thanx for sharing your concern,

do not be panic at all, tooth extraction is always done under local anesthesia.
a nerve block is given so that, you feel numb in that area.

any experienced dentist would certainly not do extraction without confirming the effect of anesthesia. when you confirm it that you are feeling numbness in that area then only extraction procedure is begun.

during tooth extraction you might feel pressure on teeth but no pain , be sure you will be free to stop in between if you feel any pain.

therefore, just make up your mind and go for extraction. take pain killers that are adviced to you. follow post extraction instructions religiously and i am sure, it will be fine.
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
During your surgery procedure you will not experience pain as local anaesthetic is injected prior the procedure.
morphine is strong analgesic. It is used to relieve pain.
need not to worry regarding pain.
follow the instructions given by your dentist.
take care

Answered: Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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