It’s great to have ideas about what to do and how things will feel before and after a wisdom teeth removal in North York, but what about the surgery itself? You may have many questions about what happens during that time. Rest assured your wisdom teeth dentist and other members of the staff at Summit Heights Dental are happy to provide answers. Here are some of the essentials that you will want to know.
Before the procedure begins, some form of sedation will be administered. The doctor will determine what sort of sedation is best in your case. Several factors help the doctor determine which option is best in your case.
When the procedure is expected to be simple, there’s a good chance that local sedation will be used. This will leave you awake but feeling quite pleasant. Patients typically feel no pain although they may be aware of some pressure while the procedure is underway.
Another option is to administer a form of IV sedation. Like the local sedation, you are still awake, but your senses and the ability to notice the passing of time will be dulled significantly. Most patients don’t remember much once the agent wears off.
The third option is general anesthesia. This is generally used when the doctor anticipates some complications that will prolong the extraction. If you receive general anesthesia, you are not conscious. You will go to sleep and remain in that state until the procedure is over and the dental team begins the process of waking you.
Keep in mind that it’s not just the complexity of the procedure that determines the type of sedation used. Your doctor will take into consideration any medical conditions you have and avoid using anything that is likely to make it more difficult for you to wake up. For example, if you have a know history of adverse reactions to general anesthesia, the doctor will select one of the other sedation options.
The wisdom tooth extraction doctor will use surgical instruments to gently loosen the tissue around the wisdom tooth. Depending on the specifics, the doctor may lift the tooth out of the socket or remove it in sections. A great deal depends on the general condition of the tooth itself.
Gauze is used to pack the open socket. This is important, since it will help the blood to clot more efficiently. The gauze also protects the tissue from infection. In most cases, the tissue will be stitched back to a natural position, something that will also aid in the healing process.
During the procedure, the wisdom teeth removal doctor and the team will monitor your vital signs, including your blood pressure. The goal is to be aware of any changes in your vitals that indicate they need to take further action.
If you are awake during the wisdom tooth extraction, there may be some pressure and maybe slightly awareness of what the surgical team is doing or saying. Most of it you will not remember later. When you are under general anesthesia, you will feel nothing at all. It’s only after the work is done and you are revived that there’s a chance for any type of discomfort. If you do seem to be in pain, there are measures the team at the wisdom teeth removal clinic can take to keep you comfortable.
If you believe that a wisdom tooth extraction may be something you need, contact us today and arrange for an examination and consultation. Call us at 416-238-5859 or reach out to us by making an appointment via our website. We’ll work with you to identify the problem, come up with the best resolution, and ensure whatever is causing the discomfort is alleviated.