Before surgery, a lot of people get really anxious as to what to expect during a wisdom tooth extraction. Fortunately, the procedure is fairly simple for most people and really is nothing to fear. However, many people are not well educated as to what happens during the surgery, and this can raise their anxiety level. This post will explain the anesthesia we use during a procedure, just to help put your mind at rest prior to your op.
The surgical process to remove a wisdom tooth generally takes around 45 minutes to complete. Before we start to work on those painful teeth, we will provide you with anesthesia to help keep the pain at bay during your extraction. Depending on the extent of the procedure, we will administer one of these three options of anesthesia: Local anesthetic, IV sedation or general anesthetic.
A local anesthetic may be used if the surgery is not too complicated. This generally involves an injection of a numbing agent to the gum around the teeth. This method is the most common form of anesthesia during a tooth extraction, and will allow you to stay awake during the procedure.
IV sedation can sometimes be given in addition to a local anesthesia application. With this, we will first numb the gum and then administer additional sedatives via an IV drip in the arm. This allows for greater relaxation, especially for more anxious patients; many of whom doze off during the surgery.
General anesthesia is usually applied to more complex cases, or in cases where more than one tooth may be removed. For this, you will be given a sedative that will allow you to sleep during the surgery and will allow you to rest for an additional hour post op.
Which ever form of anesthesia we use, you can be sure that you will feel no pain during your extraction. We will discuss the options with you prior to surgery.