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Terrified of Wisdom teeth sedation/dying

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Atomicor

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I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow and I am TERRIFIED about getting I.V sedation. Utterly terrified. Everytime I think about it I get extremely anxious, then nauseous. I looked up (bad idea I know) about wisdom teeth associated deaths and I saw articles, so many articles about a 17yr girl dying from a wisdom teeth removal. Then other articles about a 26-27yr man dying from having gauze blocking his airway. I am scared.. I WAS terrified about the process of them being removed, which I found out isn’t that bad. Then the recovery process, which isn’t that bad either. But, just being sedated doesn’t sit well with me anymore. I’m not sure what to think besides fear. I’m 16 and my mother can’t go back there with me even when they are putting me to sleep , I can’t bring anything with me not even my phone which makes my anxiety worse. At first I was happy with it, excited to have them out and now I’m scared.
 
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Atomicor,

I'm guessing this is new and you have not been sedated before, It is always hard to do new procedures, especially with sedation it can be more scary the thought than the actual procedure. I hope they will explain this and process through this very kindly with you. I did the same thing and googled sedation before other procedures and got scard, however when going through it, it was alot smoother than my mind told me and soon I was out the door headed to the bakery for my reward.

If you are nervous these are some things I've done ,

1. physical to confirm you are healthy for sedation to ease mind.. of course you don't have alot of time, so I always ask to make sure all my vitals look good , which they will do before they sedate you. Maybe you have had a recent dr exam that proved you are healthy so you can remember this.
2. look at experience /credentials of the dentist /specialist doing the procedure and their specific experience with sedation
3. Tell them your specific fears , maybe via email or phone since its tomorrow and exactly what scares you. They should be happy to answer all your questions and be reassuring.

Usually the closer it gets the more nerves and questions come up, it is very normal . When you go ask all the questions and let them know you are anxious so they can be extra kind to you through the process. Let us know how it goes.
 
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Hi Atomicor,

sorry to read about how much worry and even more about your clinic's rules, sounds like anything that would help you is not allowed :(. You will find evidence to any search you put in to google so I'm not surprised you had found what you had found. This however doesn't mean that the article are truthful and giving you full information nor that dying from wisdom teeth removal is any probable. The majority of people have had their wisdom teeth out.

krlovesherkids gave you some great advice already in her post. All I would like to add is this: you are not sleeping during IV sedation, you are conscious, but very relaxed. Even if anything upset you during the procedure, you will be able to let your dental team know so you will be able to take care of you. You however won't remember anything afterwards because the medication causes amnesia.

If you would like to read some success stories, look around here in the forum, you will find a lot of success stories connected to wisdom tooth removal and also iv sedation. If you are more in the state where everything stresses you out, it might be good to do more tooth-unrelated things and keep yourself distracted.

All the best wishes for tomorrow and keep us posted
 
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1. I would get a second opinion about whether your wisdom teeth really do need to be removed. Are they causing you issues?
2. Is it a Corporate Chain Medicaid claim? If so - see 1 above.

https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/help/sedation-dentistry/iv-sedation/
Yes they are causing me issues, major in fact. My top right one is growing backwards straight into my joint, and they are all pushing my teeth forward so it’s messing up my bite, and my jaw alignment, which in turn have caused me severe tmj. It’s very painful and I want them out bad but I’m more worried about the I.V sedation they are doing them the actual removal of recovery process.
 
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Hi Atomicor,

sorry to read about how much worry and even more about your clinic's rules, sounds like anything that would help you is not allowed :(. You will find evidence to any search you put in to google so I'm not surprised you had found what you had found. This however doesn't mean that the article are truthful and giving you full information nor that dying from wisdom teeth removal is any probable. The majority of people have had their wisdom teeth out.

krlovesherkids gave you some great advice already in her post. All I would like to add is this: you are not sleeping during IV sedation, you are conscious, but very relaxed. Even if anything upset you during the procedure, you will be able to let your dental team know so you will be able to take care of you. You however won't remember anything afterwards because the medication causes amnesia.

If you would like to read some success stories, look around here in the forum, you will find a lot of success stories connected to wisdom tooth removal and also iv sedation. If you are more in the state where everything stresses you out, it might be good to do more tooth-unrelated things and keep yourself distracted.

All the best wishes for tomorrow and keep us posted
Yeah I called up there about twenty minutes ago to ask about everything, and everyone I know up there is super super nice. The lady that answered put me on hold since she didn’t know much about it and got the manager who explained to me what they would be doing, and how they would be doing it. She said they are going to put me to sleep with the I.V, and that she would be there tomorrow so she would come in the room and sit with me and talk to make sure everything is great. She said first the gas stuff, I don’t know how to properly spell it.. and then two they might put numbing cream on the area of the I.V. Then next the needle and catheter, then the shot into it, and they would have me count down from 100. Then she assured me nothing would happen since I am a healthy individual, and the guy who is doing this has been doing it for 30+ years etc. It helped a bit but now I’m wondering if I can at least bring a blanket or something but she said I have to wear a short sleeved shirt, which sucks because it’s cold up there. They have blankets but I’m also 5’9 not exactly 5’0 long for a child size blanket. I just want to be relaxed as possible before they do this.
 
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Yes they are causing me issues, major in fact. My top right one is growing backwards straight into my joint, and they are all pushing my teeth forward so it’s messing up my bite, and my jaw alignment, which in turn have caused me severe tmj. It’s very painful and I want them out bad but I’m more worried about the I.V sedation they are doing them the actual removal of recovery process.
I don't know if it helps, but I was about your age when I had all four of mine taken out under general anesthesia. I had all four impacted, and it was a "tricky surgery", according to the oral surgeon. I had a bit of a reaction to the anesthesia and took a little longer to come out of it, but my parents told me later that the surgeon and nurses told them that they have plans in place for all the different scenarios, so if something goes wrong, they can handle it. I woke up and was fine, just a little groggy.

It is pretty rare to due from anesthesia. They have medication to give you if you have an allergic reaction, and they monitor your blood pressure, heartbeat, and other vitals constantly.
 
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So I went in today at 8 , it is 8:34 right now. I had some sips of water about four hours before surgery, and I told the nurse when she asked. She told the doctor and everything came in saying how I can make him lose his license and everything. Then he walked out of the room and started saying god d*mnit and cussing loudly. The nurse escorted me to the waiting room where my mom was and about ten minutes later he came out and my mom said he was cussing, and he completely denied it and started smiling. We left without saying anything because he was being very rude to my mother, acting like I was stupid. He then walked back there and said “oh my god” and started cussing again. I’m not ever going back there unless it’s with my actual dentist that is there and not that orthodontist. He made me extremely uncomfortable with everything, after that I didn’t want him working on my mouth in the first place from how he was acting.
 
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Atomicor,

Wow.. that is super disappointing to hear someone acted so unkindly and not professionally at all. So sorry to hear this.. Even if he couldn't do the surgery , he could still have acted professionally and been kind about it, it was a mistake , this is your first time doing this, and while a few drops of water may make a difference, it is everyday for them to know this, not everyone would assume such a small thing might make a big difference..I would definitely not be comfortable with him working on me either. I hope you will find someone more professional and reassuring to do your surgery.

So sorry to hear..
 
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Atomicor,

I am terribly sorry about your bad experience but really really glad you had the courage to say no, this dentist won't treat me and also that your mom supported that. Because you know, what? At the end it's about taking charge and making decisions about how we like to be treated and how we don't, which is, in a dental setting very hard, especially if a lot of anxiety is involved.
In this sense you and your mom walking out was an achievment.

Hope you can process this soon and hopefully the next dentist will be a really kind and professional one, someone who can take care of you in a nice way. Do keep us updated.
 
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