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Wisdom teeth removal while awake...?

JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
edited June 2012 in College Life
I'm scheduled to get my wisdom teeth out on Thursday at 7:30 AM, and the surgeon isn't going to put me to sleep. I'm just going to have anti-anxiety medication and laughing gas...

Has anyone ever been awake for their wisdom teeth removal? Mine aren't impacted or anything, and as far as I know it should be a fairly standard procedure, but I'm still terrified. Hopefully since it's so early I can pretty much just fall asleep :p

Not really sure why I'm posting this... just really need some peace of mind!
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Replies to: Wisdom teeth removal while awake...?

  • icedragonicedragon Registered User Posts: 2,170 Senior Member
    Wisdom teeth? No, other major mouth surgeries? Yes.

    It wasn't too bad, i was so loopy that i was partiually asleep most the time.
  • spectasticspectastic - Posts: 847 Member
    *viewer discretion advised*

    first, they use a thin, long needle to be inserted into your gums so they numb you. It hurts. Then, the doctor uses a sharp object to poke you in the gums and asks you if you feel anything. When you don't feel anything, the fun begins. If it's not impacted, the process is quick and painless. The doctor just yanks it out. You can feel the pressure, but no pain. Impacted teeth get special treatment. While this is going on, the doc's assistant will run her fingers down your hair to calm you down and sweet talk you through the whole process. Afterwards, you have to bite on a piece of cotton for several hours before you can talk again.

    I totally missed the part about the laughing gas. It's going to be a cake walk.
  • terencterenc Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    Being on laughing gas isn't exactly equivalent to being fully awake.

    If the wisdom teeth haven't emerged yet, though, the procedure apparently takes much longer.
  • jasonleb1jasonleb1 Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    Holy crap! That sounds awful. Can you insist on being put to sleep? I got my wisdom teeth out and there is no way that I would have let them do it to me awake even with laughing gas.
  • JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    Thanks for the responses guys.

    @terenc: Yeah, I guess I meant awake in a general sense, as in no IV sedation. And my top two have emerged, my bottom two have partially emerged.

    @jasonleb1: I'm having it done at my regular dentist's office (since he's also an oral surgeon), so they don't have IVs or anything. I have to do it this way :(
  • jasonleb1jasonleb1 Registered User Posts: 721 Member
    Didn't meant to scare you. If it makes you feel any better the guy sitting in the waiting room with me was allergic to anesthesia and had 8 wisdom teeth he was getting removed so he had to get all of them out with just laughing gas.
  • terencterenc Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    I wouldn't worry. My surgeon told me that the main drawback to not being under IV anesthesia is that I would have been very bored since it takes a long time to remove 4 teeth that haven't emerged yet (doesn't necessarily apply to you).

    If it's any consolation, anesthesia ALWAYS has risks (i.e. overdose), albeit very small risks caused by human error (which are even smaller for IV), whereas it's nearly impossible to overdose on laughing gas. Not to mention that laughing gas is a euphoric drug.

    With IV, the doctor had to stick a larger than average needle into my arm. I couldn't eat anything for 8 hours before-hand. After the surgery I was woozy and "drunk" and disoriented and just flopped around and couldn't do anything for the rest of the day.

    EDIT: Just to add, but laughing gas IS NOT supposed to make you fall asleep.
  • icedragonicedragon Registered User Posts: 2,170 Senior Member
    Really? I had a small butterfly one in the back of my hand.

    Laughing gas is no big deal. It makes me sleepy.
  • MuscovyMuscovy Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    I only had local anesthesia when I got my two bottom wisdom teeth removed. Didn't hurt at all.
  • scmom12scmom12 Registered User Posts: 2,696 Senior Member
    I had mine out back in the day before all the specialization. Regular dentist, laughing gas plus novacaine. Took out 2 wisdom teeth. Worst is that you can hear the teeth cracking as get them out, but didn't hurt and I think you get over it quicker than having to come out of anesthesia (which makes some people nauseated).
  • JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    Thanks for the responses guys!

    So apparently what I thought was anti-anxiety medication is actually sleeping pills; the night before I'm taking an anti-anxiety pill and the morning of I'm taking a sleeping pill. Maybe there's hope that I'll be asleep after all!
  • JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    But I'm still scared out of my mind!
  • terencterenc Registered User Posts: 1,128 Senior Member
    ^Did the dentist prescribe/give those pills for you?
  • JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    Yeah. I thought it was just anti-anxiety medication but apparently it's Triazolam, a sleep aide.
  • blueiguanablueiguana Registered User Posts: 7,496 Senior Member
    You will be fine. Being with a Dr you are comfortable with and trust makes a big difference. My youngest son had his out recently without being under. His older brothers both have bad reactions to general anesthesia and he didn't want to risk it. His recovery was much easier.
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