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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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What To Expect When Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed With Sedation

by Eric Bailey

If you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, your dentist will often recommend having this done while under sedation. The sedatives calm your anxiety and keep you more comfortable during what can be a relatively lengthy and involved extraction process. If you're like most patients, you probably have a few questions about what to expect during this procedure. Keep reading to discover the answers.

How is the sedation administered?

There are two common options used. The first is laughing gas, more formally known as nitrous oxide. This is an inhaled sedative that will make you feel relaxed and silly, though it won't make you fall asleep. It wears off quickly and has few side effects. If your wisdom teeth are not impacted and you need to drive yourself home from the appointment, laughing gas is often a great option. 

The second option is an IV sedative. These sedatives are heavier. They put you into a state that is closer to sleep, though you will still be slightly awake and aware. You may not remember the surgery once the sedative wears off, but it will take a few hours to wear off completely. As such, you need someone to drive you home from your wisdom tooth extraction if you have an IV sedative. This is often the best method if you have impacted teeth or if your dentist thinks the teeth will be tough to remove for any reason.

Will you feel pain during the procedure?

No, you won't feel pain when having your wisdom teeth removed, but that's not because of the sedative. It is because of the local or regional anesthetic that the dentist will inject into the nerves and tissue surrounding your wisdom teeth. The local anesthetic will numb this region. You may feel pressure during the extraction, but no pain.

Do you have to have sedation?

Some dentists will do very simple wisdom teeth extractions without sedation. However, most do prefer to sedate their patients for this procedure, even if the extraction is on the simpler side. Sedation not only makes things easier on you, as a patient but also on the dentist. They can do their job more effectively if you are relaxed and less prone to moving during treatment.

When you have your wisdom teeth removed, it is typical to have sedation of some type. Talk to your dentist to learn more about the sedated wisdom teeth extraction process.