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What To Expect When Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed With Local Anesthesia

by Rene Jacobs

If your wisdom teeth have erupted or are not too badly impacted, your dentist is likely to recommend having them removed under local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia. This means that you'll be awake during the procedure, although your mouth will be numb. The risks associated with local anesthesia are less worrisome than those associated with general anesthesia (you don't have to worry about nausea when you wake up). However, the prospect of having your teeth removed while you're awake can be a bit daunting. It's certainly helpful to know what to expect.

Preparing for the procedure.

Since you won't be put under, you should not have any restrictions when it comes to eating or drinking before the procedure.  Your dentist will give you sedation options, such as laughing gas and diazepam with you prior to your procedure and help you settle on the best choice. While sedation will completely put you under, it will take the edge off and help you relax during the procedure. It's not necessary, but many patients find it helpful.

During the procedure.

When you sit down in the dentist's chair, he or she will begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. This will be injected into your gums. You might feel some pinching with the injections, but they should not be overly painful. If you are having laughing gas during the procedure, your dentist will put the mask on your face and tell you to inhale deeply. You'll instantly start to feel calm and worry-free.

Once you are numb and possibly sedated, your dentist will place some gauze in your mouth. Then, a scalpel will be used to cut your gum tissue and expose the tooth if needed. Next, your dentist will use a pick-like tool to widen your tooth socket and loosen the tooth. Finally, a plier-like instrument will be used to pull the tooth out. You may feel some pressure and pulling during this process, but you should not feel any pain. Once your teeth are out, your dentist may apply a few stitches to close up portions of your gums.

After the procedure.

Once the sedation wears off, you'll be free to go home. If you were given oral sedation, you will likely need to have someone drive you home, since this drug can impair your judgment for quite some time. With laughing gas, however, you should be able to drive yourself home. Your mouth will stay numb for a few hours. You dentist will prescribe or recommend a pain reliever that you can take once the soreness starts to set in.

Your dentist will send you home with a full set of aftercare instructions. These will include a list of foods to eat and avoid, directions for keeping your mouth clean, and dosing instructions for pain relievers. Make sure you follow these instructions closely so that you heal properly. To learn more, contact a dental clinic like Dental Services Franklin Dental Centre.