1. Don’t panic.
The first rule of wisdom tooth extraction is simple: don’t panic. Not only does your oral surgeon offer sedation and anesthetic for your wisdom tooth extraction, it’s also important to remember that your dentist removes plenty of wisdom teeth every year. But “don’t panic” doesn’t just apply to the actual procedure, it also applies to your recovery. A little bit of blood is normal, and when it mixes with your saliva it can seem like a lot more than is really there. Shall we remind you again? Don’t panic.
2. Bring Music
When it comes to virtually any oral surgery, there won’t be any pain because your doctor will have used either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic (which would make the following suggestion redundant, since you’ll be asleep.) However, if you’re only using local anesthetic, you might want to follow this advice: bring music.
For many patients, the sound of the procedure can be quite unnerving. If your oral surgeon is okay with it, music can help eliminate the anxiety that comes about from simply hearing the sounds of drilling and scraping that take place in your mouth during wisdom tooth extraction. Combined with Nitrous Oxide — which helps to relax you and put you in a semi-dreamy state – you’ll be more than ready for your wisdom tooth extraction.
3. Bring a friend
Whenever you’ve been sedated, it’s incredibly important to bring a responsible friend with you to take you home, and ensure that you’re okay. Not only is it important to bring a responsible friend that will get you home safely, but it’s also helpful to bring a friend that has a good sense of humor! Why? Because sedation from your surgery will make you just a bit loopy.
Consider Shelby’s experience for example…
…which goes to show that having a close friend or family member is important — because sometimes the after-effects of your sedation can make things a bit embarrassing, and it’s important that you’re with something you’re comfortable with. Who knows? Maybe it will result in a hilarious memory to look back on and laugh about.
4. Ice Cream and Smoothies Are the Way to Go
After you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, it’s not always easy to eat the foods that you’re used to. For this reason, it’s important to eat soft foods that feel good for your mouth. Most patients report that ice cream, mashed potatoes, and smoothies are the easiest food to get down. But don’t overdo it on the ice-cream! You know what your dentist says about sugar…
5. “Hello My Name is Chipmunk!”
After just about any oral surgery, swelling is going to be natural. But it’s also important to remember that it should only last for a day or two. Don’t stress out about your face looking a bit (or quite a bit) puffy.
Bottom line: It’s going to be okay
Not only has your oral surgeon done this plenty of times, but wisdom tooth extraction is also incredibly common. Over 95% of the population has to get wisdom teeth removed, and the process is 100% bearable for a majority of the population. The biggest piece of advice our oral surgery team in Fountain Springs can give you is simple: stay calm. It’s all going to be okay.
Everyone’s done it.