If you plan ahead, you can take advantage of sedation.
The process of removing wisdom teeth can be unpleasant. Even though it can be done in a dental office, the process of removing these teeth is considered surgery.
The Dentist must make incisions and remove both soft tissue and bone, sometimes, the teeth even have to be sectioned into smaller pieces. During this process, there are many different noises and sensations, as well as pushing and manual manipulation of the tooth. The patient will need to have their mouth wide open for long periods of time, which can be very uncomfortable for some. Therefore, most dentists recommend that patients be sedated during wisdom tooth surgery.
Preparing for sedation involves a pre-operative consultation to assess the patient’s health and vital signs. If there are health concerns, a medical clearance letter from the patient’s physician may be needed, which can take weeks. On the sedation day, patients shouldn’t eat or drink 8 hours before, must have a caregiver, and should arrange for time off from work or school. They can’t drive or care for young children for 24 hours post-appointment.