Having your wisdom teeth removed is a more extensive process than an average tooth extraction. Your oral surgeon may have to cut through bone material to reach impacted teeth.
Although it’s routinely performed, wisdom teeth extraction is still a significant surgery, and most patients choose some form of sedation to make the procedure more comfortable.
In the past, many patients selected general anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction, but an increasing number are turning to sedation dentistry instead.
Sedation dentistry is widely considered to be safer than general anesthesia. The medication, typically from a class of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, helps patients achieve a deep state of relaxation. Patients remain conscious during sedation and they are still able to respond to requests from the oral surgeon.
Also, because patients remain awake with sedation, the airway is not compromised as it is with general anesthesia. As a result, sedation dentistry comes with a lower risk of complications as well.
An oral surgeon can provide patients with a number of different sedation options. Sedatives can be taken in pill form or delivered intravenously. Patients may also inhale gaseous nitrous oxide to achieve the same effect.
Regardless of the delivery method, the medications themselves work based on similar mechanisms. Certain methods may take effect more quickly, which may appeal to some patients. Additionally, the oral surgeon and the rest of the surgical team monitor patients who are under sedation for any signs of trouble.
If you choose sedation dentistry for your wisdom teeth extraction, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to drive immediately after the appointment. Make arrangements for a responsible adult to escort you to and from the appointment.
You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible during your wisdom teeth extraction. When you are meeting with your oral surgeon to plan your procedure, ask about the sedation options that are available to you. Having this conversation will help you to be more prepared for the surgery, and you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.
If it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, contact our Irving TX office at 972-401-8301 to schedule your consultation.