Having to get teeth pulled is not an ideal situation. So if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous about the procedure. However, it may calm you to learn that advancements in dental techniques and medicine have made wisdom teeth extractions a painless procedure. Here are a few points to help the process go a little more smoothly for you.
If you’re dreading the procedure, just keep in mind the reasons why you need to have it done in the first place. Most likely, the wisdom teeth are coming in incorrectly or crowding your existing teeth and causing a good amount of discomfort if not pain. Just remember that, once the procedure is over with, you’ll be free from having to deal with that discomfort and won’t have to worry about the wisdom teeth anymore.
Whether or not you’re a nervous dental patient in general, there is a sedation solution available for you. These FDA-approved sedation options include nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), local anesthetics, or IV medications, providing different levels of sedation ranging from simply a calm and relaxed state to total sleep. You can rest assured that you won’t feel anything during the procedure.
We use advanced imaging systems that allow us to thoroughly assess your teeth from all angles and plan out the surgery before it begins. Once it comes time to remove the teeth, your doctor knows exactly what needs to be removed and has planned out exactly how in order to minimize any disruption to the surrounding teeth or gums.
You can be confident that you’ll be well taken care of after the procedure is complete. Our team will make sure that you are prepared for your at-home care. You may feel some discomfort for a few days following the extraction, but you will be prescribed pain medication (or recommended over-the-counter options) and provided with thorough instructions to ensure that you heal quickly. If you have any questions about post-surgery care once you leave our offices, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
If you’re still nervous about the procedure, you can try a few other things to calm yourself down. Talk to a friend who has had their wisdom teeth extracted. Chances are, they’ll tell you that it was no problem and that you have nothing to worry about. You can also try some deep relaxation and breathing techniques. One last tip is to bring along some music or an audiobook to listen to ease your nerves. The main thing to remember is that the outcome of a wisdom teeth extraction will prevent future dental issues and pain.
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