Are You Awake During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

If you have recently been told by your dentist that you should have your wisdom teeth removed, you may be wondering what the procedure will look like. Continue reading to discover the most common levels of anesthesia that will be considered for your wisdom teeth removal.

General Anesthesia

In the case that your wisdom teeth are severely impacted, your oral surgeon may recommend general anesthesia. This means that you will be completely asleep during the procedure and you will have zero recollection of the event. You will also feel zero pain. However, you will likely not be able to go home straight away after general anesthesia. You will also require someone to drive you home and stay with you for a while due to the fact that you will be drowsy for several hours.

Sedation Anesthesia

Sedation anesthesia is typically a choice that surgeons will choose between general anesthesia and laughing gas. With this option, you will not be fully awake or fully asleep. Sedation anesthesia is given through an IV and is combined with local anesthesia. You will not be able to recollect anything about this procedure. You will also feel zero pain while you are sedated.

Local Anesthesia

You have likely had local anesthesia in the past if you have ever had a cavity filled or another form of dental work. With local anesthesia, you will be fully awake during your wisdom tooth procedure. However, you will not be able to feel any pain. The only sensation you may feel is a bit of pressure, but this procedure should not hurt. Your oral surgeon will inject the gum around the tooth to administer the local anesthesia. This may take only a few minutes to take effect and you will be able to proceed with your surgery without pain. You will also be able to go home straight away. If you require further sedation with this option, your dentist may also add some laughing gas, nitrous oxide, to take the edge off.

If you have any further questions regarding anesthesia and the method your doctor will choose, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced dental team who will help you to choose the method that is best for you, depending on your specific case. Give us a call today to learn more about the wisdom teeth removal procedure.

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