Afraid of Wisdom Teeth Extractions? Try Dental Sedation

Mar 10, 2021
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that come out. They usually emerge after the rest of the teeth have attained maturation, mostly between 17 and 25 years. However, because the jaw is fully grown, you may not have enough space to accommodate these teeth. In turn, the wisdom teeth will become impacted. The teeth may partially come out or lie horizontally beneath the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth cause pain, swelling, and also weakens the rest of the teeth. At times, some people may have these four molars come out and fit in the mouth and cause no problem. This means the teeth do not require extraction. However, in most cases, you will require a tooth extraction procedure to preserve the integrity of your dental structure. While wisdom teeth extraction is a routine procedure, some people actively avoid the procedure because of dental phobia. Most people will visit a dental clinic when the pain is unbearable and is interfering with their day-to-day activities. But, that should not be the case. You can get tooth extraction with sedation near you and have your teeth removed without any pain.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Dental sedation uses medication or sedatives to reduce anxiety and relax patients before a procedure. Most of the patients are awake during the procedure, depending on the type and dosage of sedation used.

When Does the Dentist Recommend Sedation Dentistry?

Our dentist can recommend dental sedation because of various reasons:
  • • Severe dental phobia and anxiety
  • • Low threshold of pain
  • • Gag reflex
  • • Inability to stay calm on the dentist’s chair
  • • Tooth sensitivity
Dental sedation can also be used on children, but first, speak to our emergency pediatric dentist in D’Iberville 39540 on whether sedation is safe.

What Sedation Options Are Available for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

Several sedation dentistry options are available that differ when it comes to dosage and level of consciousness.

1. Oral sedation

Oral or mouth sedation uses a pill that you swallow a few hours before the procedure. This is to allow the body to metabolize the medication and relax you. Because it is a pill, the dentist does not have the liberty to either reduce or increase the dosage. Oral pill sedation does not cause you to be unconscious, but you may drift to sleep during the procedure and be awoken with a gentle shake. It takes a while for the effects of medication to wear out.

2. IV sedation

Intravenous sedation is given via the veins and it is a bit stronger than oral sedation. The dentist can adjust the dosage depending on your threshold of pain. IV sedation also does not cause unconsciousness, but you will not be aware of the procedure. A little preparation is required before the dental procedure. Do not eat eight hours before you come to the dental clinic. Also, wear loose and comfortable clothing, preferably a short-sleeved shirt or t-shirt. Wear closed shoes and avoid slides or slip-on.

3. General sedation

Deep or sleep sedation is reserved for those complex dental procedures among them impacted wisdom teeth extraction. This sedation causes unconsciousness and takes a bit of time to wear out. At times, the dentist may use medication to reduce its effects.

4. Inhaled gas

Laughing gas or inhaled sedation is a mild version and is ideal for children. The sedatives take effect immediately and they wear just as fast. Regardless of the type of sedation used, the dentist will use local anesthesia for tooth extraction.

How Long Does the Medication Take to Wear Out?

The duration takes for the sedatives to wear out will depend on the dosage and your body mechanisms. The type of sedation used will also determine the timeline. But, you still need to wait before resuming your daily activities. It is advisable to have a family or friend accompany you to the dental clinic.

What Can You Expect After Sedation?

You will experience grogginess, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness as the sedatives begin to wear out. If these problems do not clear out, call Dr. Jeremy Parker for treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Back Bay Family Dentistry for more information on dental sedation.