- Jul 30, 2008
Hi all, I finally got my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. I just wanted to share my story so that it might help others. I first went to a dentist about 11 years ago and she checked my teeth and took some xrays and said I need to have my wisdom teeth pulled and I have to do it under general anesthesia because my teeth were impacted. For some reason, I am a little phobic with the word anesthesia. I heard all sorts of horror stories about people not waking up after anesthesia when I was younger and that thought process carried into my adulthood. I made my first appointment sometime in August of 1999. When the day neared, I started getting very nervous and finally canceled it. Life went on without much thought about wisdom teeth. I stopped making dental appointments so that I can avoid having the dentist convince me to do it again. I had to go to the dentist again in 2002 to get a filling done. This time my dentist again told me that I had to have them pulled and made an appointment with an oral surgeon...guess what? I canceled it again the day before surgery. I want to the dentist a few times to have my teeth filled after that and each time I gave the dentist some excuse or the other to not schedule the wisdom teeth extraction. I finally decided I was going to do it this year because I am 39 and I wanted to get it done before I turned 40. I was a nervous wreck since about 2 weeks before my appointment. I called the dental office about 3 times in those 2 weeks to clear all my questions about anesthesia and the surgery. They were very helpful and answered all my questions. I had the appointment with the oral surgeon yesterday (07/29/08) evening. My wife drove me to the clinic at 2:45 pm. The receptionist checks me in and says she was sure I would cancel my appointment because of how nervous I was when I talked to her. I finally got checked in and went into the operation theater (nothing like a real operation theater, it was a regular dental chair). I was hooked up to he bp and heart rate monitors and the doctor came in after a few minutes. He then injected the IV anesthesia and the last thing I remember telling him that I was feeling hot and the room started spinning when the IV went in. The next thing, what felt like no time, an 1 1/2 hours had gone by and the nurses were inserting gauze in my mouth and I said it hurt. As soon as I woke up, they brought a wheel chair and they helped me sit in the wheel chair and pushed it to my car. My wife drove me home and I took the gauze off after a couple of hours. My bleeding also stopped by then. I then took the prescribed antibiotics and pain medicines last night. I was in pain after the numbness wore off, but, nothing I couldn't control with the pain killers. So guys, it is not bad at all. Now I don't have to worry about those dreaded wisdom teeth ever. If you are worrying about an extraction...don't be. It is virtually painless.