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eenieves

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Thought I'd add my success story here as well. It's a bit too long to post verbatim here, so I'll just link to it:

http://www.dentalfearcentral.org/fo...ndergo-general-anesthesia&p=169874#post169874

I'm 26 and had all four removed under local anesthesia and it was one of the easiest things I've done in my life, despite two of the teeth being impacted!

The surgery took about 40 minutes total, I had no pain during, and little pain afterwards!
 
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My Wisdom Tooth Extraction Story with I/V Sedation: E-A-S-Y

Like many others before a big dental procedure, I've been lurking these forums for quite a few months. After nearly a decade of not visiting the dentist (massive-dental phobic), I initially was told back in December that I would need to get all four wisdom teeth out. I also have pretty severe health anxiety, so I've been filled with panic, dread, and an undying urge to Google everything I possible could. After getting two separate consults from oral surgeons, I finally settled on getting them out today.

In both cases, they emphasized that my age (almost 35) and my teeth positions put me at an higher risk for complications (nerve damage, sinus damage etc). I had two erupted and decayed tops and two partially bony impacted bottoms, one of which was severely cracked and decayed. That decayed tooth is actually what finally drove me to the dentist in the first place, as I was constantly getting food caught back there and experiencing intermittent pain and uncomfortableness. In terms of the surgery itself, I ultimately chose IV sedation, as the first oral surgeon said point blank, "You do not want to be awake for this procedure." The second oral surgeon told me that my teeth were a "time bomb." Obviously, hearing nothing but scary risks was bad enough for a health-anxious person; however, considering I've never had any level of anesthesia in my life (besides local), my freak-out meter was at about a 2000 (on a 10 point scale).

Surgery day was finally today. I slept maybe two hours last night, as my mind just raced with every conceivable worst-case scenario. To make matters worse, I was actually only initially getting the bottom two teeth out, since that's all my insurance would cover and the out-of-pocket was pretty significant. However, the oral surgeon was adamant that he was vehemently against only getting the bottom two out and that I'd have to sign a waiver if that's what I elected to do. After taking about 10 minutes to decide, I opted to get all four out and eat the cost. So now, I was nervous and mentally drained, because I had to make an unexpected decision in a short amount of time. Suffice to say, I was a wee bit of a wreck.

Finally, they started hooking everything up. First, they took all my vitals, and then they started to strap me into the chair (assuring this was not for any purpose but to prevent me from sliding). They put the I/V into my arm, which definitely pinched, but was not unbearable. The OS then said he was going to give me some nitrous to calm me down. As they're doing all of this, I kept thinking to myself, "I am feeling nothing -- WTH is going on??"

Then I woke up in the recovery room. Seriously, every story you read on here about IV sedation is 100% true. It literally felt as if it was five seconds later, and I was lying there with a mouthful of gauze. But I was told the whole procedure took about an hour. I remember absolutely zero about the procedure. In fact, my Mom and the OS apparently had a full conversation in front of me that I have no recollection of, though I do remember almost everything from when the nurse came in shortly afterwards. I was definitely loopy, but not completely out of control. They gave me my scrips for the pharmacist, wheeled me out to the car, and away we went.

In terms of the first 10 hours or so since the procedure...
  • The pain has been completely manageable with 600 mg Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I have not yet felt the need to take the Vicodin (which is an absolute last resort for me). There was some initial throbbing after the local wore off which was painful, but I've experienced worse.
  • The numbness probably wore off within about four hours. So hopefully, this means no nerve damage.
  • I did have to change my gauze more than I expected, as it seemed like I was bleeding for quite awhile. I later figured out that I was not placing the gauze far enough back in my mouth. I finally bit down in the right place for about 45 minutes, which admittedly was pretty uncomfortable (but not intolerable). Afterwards, the bleeding has seemed to stop.
  • Diet-wise, I've just been eating ice cream and drinking cold liquids. Not a complaint. :)
  • Most importantly, I feel great overall and I truly see how much worse the anticipation than the reality is. I know I still have a few days where things could become "un-good," but I'm just amazed that the whole thing is over. The dread was truly a million times worse than anything I've experienced so far.
  • To steal what I've seen said on here before, IV sedation truly is a "miracle." I was so, so, SO scared beforehand, and so so, SO relieved when it truly was over just like that.
  • In terms of my dentists, I wrote it more as background and certainly not to make anyone afraid. Find an Oral Surgeon that you trust, and don't feel obligated to go with the first one you see. I think you do have to trust your surgeon. I personally didn't like how my situation was handled, but I also know it was CYA on his end. And at the end of the day, he did his job and I knew he had a great reputation for his surgical skills.

I know that was a long one, but I wanted to "pay it forward" to encourage others who need to get this procedure done. You can ask anyone around me; I was pretty much an anxious basketcase for the better part of five months. Now that's it over, I promise you can do it. I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has!
 
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Rachel25

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Wisdom Teeth Success Story: First Appt to Last.

Hi everyone. I decided to post my experience on here to hopefully help anyone else who is feeling as anxious as I was before my procedure! It really was not bad at all. I know before my surgery reading success stories helped me feel better, so hopefully you will too :)

First things first, I'm a 25 year old female who had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at once. One was fully erupted, 2 were partial bony impactions(partially erupted), and the last was a full bony impaction. I decided to undergo IV sedation because I have anxiety and also because I really just did not want to be awake during the procedure!

For the past few months I've been on kind of a life-bettering journey(I've lost 30lbs so far). One thing on my list was to finally take care of my wisdom teeth/teeth in general. Only one of my wisdom teeth had come through fully and 2 others were starting to make an appearance. I made the brave decision to just go for it and get them all out so I can get my dental health back on track.

Now, the first step to getting your wisdom teeth removed is to see your dentist for a referral. I hadn't been to the dentist in 7 years(bad, I know) so I was definitely not looking forward to that. So, I called and made an appointment with a local dentist I've never been to before and told them the reason for my appointment, which was to get my referral. I was worried they were going to make me get my teeth cleaned and stuff before giving a referral, but that was not the case so don't stress about that!

The day of my appointment arrived and I was reasonably nervous. I have anxiety as it is so forcing myself to do something like this took a lot of guts. It was honestly a piece of cake! All that happened was the dental assistant had me get a panoramic x-ray(panorex) done of my teeth. The x-ray was easy as well. You stand up with a little plastic peg between your teeth that you bite down on gently. Then the machine goes around your head and takes the x-ray. No big deal. Then I went back to the chair and the dentist came in and just looked around inside my mouth with a mirror and said "welcome back to the dental world!" since I had expressed it had been awhile. Then he took a look at my x-ray with me and explained what I was seeing. Next he recommended I get all 4 removed and gave me the names of a few oral surgeons around. And that was it! No poking around, scraping, or discomfort!

After that I made an appointment for a consultation with the oral surgeon for 2 days later. I really wanted to get this all over with as quickly as possible. I had the dentist office e-mail my x-rays to the oral surgeon so I wouldn't need another x-ray.

So 2 days later it was consultation time. I was nervous yet again, but also excited to be getting this over with. The oral surgeon appointment went just fine as well and I shouldn't have worried so much. Before being seen I needed to fill out forms asking about my medical history and insurance information. After that was all filled out I got called back and had my blood pressure taken. It was high, but that's not a shock considering where I was! Next I met the oral surgeon, who I really liked because he was very nice and put me at ease. He discussed what type of impaction I had on the different teeth and we decided I would have IV sedation. I think this is very common for people having all 4 removed at once. He also gave me a quick run down on how surgery day would be and gave me pre-surgery instructions. Then that was it. I went to the front desk and made an 8am appointment the following week.

Naturally, I spent that whole week worrying and Googling everything like CRAZY. I was looking at all kinds of stories and explanations just so I could get a good feel for what it would be like. So some of the pre-surgery were things like "don't eat or drink for at least 8 hours before surgery." "remove all facial jewely/piercings" "Wear short sleeved shirt and close toed shoes that are easy to walk in." Just general stuff like that.

Surgery day. I was a mess. Even though I hadn't had anything to eat or drink in 8 hours I still threw up before hand because I was SO nervous. This isn't uncommon for me in high-anxiety situations though. So I arrived with my mom(you need someone to stay with you and take you home after surgery if you're having IV sedation). This was when we had to pay, and then I sat and waited a few minutes before the dental assistant took me back. I told her I wanted to be as unaware as possible and soon as possible. So first I laid back in the chair and she put a heart rate monitor on my finger and a blood pressure cuff around my arm that would take my blood pressure every 5 mins or so. Next she put on 3 of those electrode things. Two on my chest and one on my stomach. Next came the oxygen and nitrous(laughing gas). At first I was like "oh my god I don't think the nitrous is working and I'll be so aware the whole time." But within a minute I started feeling the effects and it was AWESOME. It made my body feel tingly and sort of heavy. I guess I would describe it as feeling very drunk.

After about 5 minutes breathing that stuff in the oral surgeon came in. I cracked some stupid jokes but was feeling completely calm. I was still aware of what was going on and still had control over what I was saying. It's just that with that stuff you don't care. It was nice. So then I was time to put in the IV that would sedate me. My oral surgeon did this part, some places it might be the assistant, I'm not sure. He had trouble finding a vein in my elbow crease area and I remember him saying my veins were small. (This is when I said "hopefully you have an easier time finding my teeth than you had with finding a vein!" hahaha)When I'm anxious I get cold so my arm needed to be warmed up a bit. Then he ended up finding a good vein by the side of my wrist. Now, I know I was scared for this part because I had never had an IV in before or had blood drawn. Nothing. But I can tell you with confidence that it really doesn't hurt. It's a slight pinch and it's all over. There is no need to worry!

After about a minute I was out. It feels like you're falling asleep. You are completely unaware of the whole procedure. The next thing I remember was the assistant walking me to the recovery area. I was still feeling a bit loopy but I was just fine. After about 10 minutes or so I was walked out to the car and my mom drove us home.

I know some people feel very tired after their surgery but I really didn't. I didn't end up napping until much later that day. I came home and just watched TV. The oral surgeon prescribed me oxycodone as well as an anti inflammatory. I decided I wasn't going to see how much pain I was in so I took the pain meds every 4 hours on the first day. I didn't feel any pain. The most annoying part was waiting for the feeling to come back into my face, which took about 3 hours. My bleeding wasn't severe and I stopped using the gauze after about 4 hours.

The rest of the day I just chilled out, iced my face, and ate pudding, ice cream, and jello. Over the next few days I cut back on the frequency of taking the pain killers and was off the hard stuff in 3.5 days. This whole time though I was wondering if I was going to get dry socket or some other such complication. I'm just paranoid like that I guess. But I am happy to report that I didn't get dry socket and everything is just fine.

One thing that I found the worst about this experience is that some food got stuck inside one of my healing sockets. It started to rot, smell, and taste revolting! That was by far the worst part of the whole thing. It was painless, however.

I am now 1 week after surgery and just had my follow up appointment a couple hours ago. After being taken back the oral surgeon just takes a look at inside your mouth and asks if you have any questions. This was also when mine finally gave me a syringe thingy so I could get that horrible food out of my gum hole! Boy was that a relief!

And that's all there is to it. The whole thing will not be nearly as bad as you're thinking it will be. The pain is easily managed by pain medication and the healing process isn't so bad either.

Sorry this is the length of a book. I know when I went looking online for stories I liked detailed accounts!

Also, since I'm a worrier here are some things that I came across during healing that are normal and nothing to be worried about.

-Dry socket only occurs in 2-5% of patients. So follow your aftercare instructions and be gentle with your mouth and you'll be fine.
-Getting food stuck in the hole is okay and normal. It can be rinsed out with a syringe.
-If you have slight bleeding the day after, gently bite on a wet tea bag for 45mins and the bleeding should cease.
-Unless you have severe pain that cannot be managed by pain medication, you probably do not have dry socket!

I really hope this can help some of you! Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them to the best of my ability! :)
 
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brooke cole

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wisdom teeth extraction

It was back in 2013 but want to share this story anyway I had two impacted wisdom teeth and had to get them out by an oral surgeon. He asked if I wanted local anesthesia (novacain) or laughing gas so I told him to use the local. I was nervous about it all but got it done with no anxiety problems. To this day I'm still proud of myself.

So if anyone wants to talk about their wisdom teeth expierience :):hug5: im here to listen n help out
 
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suzannek

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Four wisdoms out. That was IT?

Since this site helped me immensely in preparing for my wisdom tooth extraction I want to post my story here in thanks. It's long, so if you just want reassuring bits you can skip straight to the end!

My story started about a year ago. I had been having some pain in my upper right jaw and I thought I felt something going on in my wisdom tooth so I went to the dentist to have it checked out. "Yep," he said. "You have a rather large cavity there." Crap. "So... Can I have it filled...?" I said in what must have been the most pathetic voice ever. "No, we usually have them extracted. But don't worry! You'll be out like a light for it all!"

Great. So I'll be doped up while some surgeon roots around in my mouth? The thought of that didn't help at all. See, I'm a control freak. I've never been drunk in my life and I hate even being tipsy because I dislike losing self control. While the thought of being sedated may comfort some people, to me it was absolutely TERRIFYING. I immediately started fantasizing the worst about the procedure.

The first surgeon I went to didn't make me feel any more comfortable. He was very brusque and never smiled and seemed to be at a loss with my nerves. He essentially gave me a list of all the horrible things that could go wrong, took me to tears, and then sent in the financial manager to explain how much the torture/possible loss of life/limb/all happiness would set me back. I left the office hyperventilating and in tears.

After a lot of thought I decided to cancel the extraction appointment with him. My reasoning was that I didn't want to patronize someone with whom I didn't feel comfortable: $2,000+ is a huge amount of money and I wanted to give it to someone who earned it.

So in the year from then to now I had a large amount of dental work done, including a root canal, so I got to be pretty blase about injections and the like. (I had taken poor care of my teeth while working overseas. Damn you Japan and your sugary coffee... Never again will I slack on dental hygiene or put off x-rays and checkups! Plus I switched dentists- I blame my previous one for scaring me by not sufficiently numbing my mouth.)

Meanwhile my upper right wizzie was decaying badly. I had intermittent REALLY REALLY BAD toothache and, a few months ago, the entire thing cracked in half leaving a pointy edge that abraded my cheek. Isn't it funny how we can tolerate all this pain just to avoid some pain we perceive coming in the future? I'm sure all of you here know what I was going through this year. The thought of the unavoidable surgery was hanging over my head always. I'd lie up at night thinking about it. I must have wore out the patience of my family and friends hashing out all the things I thought would happen. (Even though every single person I talked to said the procedure was no freakin' big deal I still was terrified.) Basically, I felt like I was living out time before I was due to be executed.

So: a few months ago I had a dental checkup (all clear! yay!) and he really pushed me to get the teeth out by my next appointment, which is this June. That pressure and me finally getting fed up with not being able to chew properly properly, sick of the stress and fear, pushed me to make an appointment with a new surgeon. I first booked with a doc who wasn't board certified, but after a little thought switched to one that my father had seen and liked, and who was certified, even though the wait was longer. The only info on the Internet that seemed to say your docs should be board certified came from the boards themselves, but I figured it couldn't hurt. (I had this thought in my head: what if the reason this guy's so easy to get an appointment with is that NO ONE WANTS TO SEE HIM???)

So I saw Dr. L a few weeks ago. He was friendly but a little distracted, because he had a patient waiting in the next room over. The assistant wasn't very friendly, either, which I didn't like. But overall I liked him a lot more than the first guy, so I made my appointment. He said my teeth were pretty straightforward. The top two were fully erupted and would slide out easily, and the bottom two were partial bony impactions and might need a little digging, but he assured me that if they needed drilling in the bone that this would actually make recovery time easier. I also asked if the fact that one was halfway broken would make his job more difficult and he said no.

Cut to Tuesday. You're not supposed to eat or drink for eight hours prior to the appointment, but for me it was more like twelve so I woke up with a massive headache and grouchy beyond belief from hunger and thirst. Even though I'm 29, both parents were kind enough to escort me to my appointment, although my father used it as an excuse to take a trip to the hardware store. Thanks, Mom and Dad! My family is big on gallows humor, so I on the way there I joked that it would be worth the risk to eat a bagel even though I might choke on my vomit.

I arrived 10 minutes before my time and filled out the form absolving them of any potential injury. I was pleased to note that Death wasn't on the list. Then I waited. For like half an hour. A lady sitting next to me had awful powdery perfume on so I couldn't breathe deeply, but I didn't want to leave the room either. I did see a lady walking out of the surgery kind of unsteadily but not looking traumatized, which comforted me a bit.

I was actually so eager to get the whole damn thing over with that by the time the surgical assistant called my name I stood up and practically cheered. She showed me to a room that looked like any other dentist's room with a little more machinery. I got hooked up to an EKG (two leads to the chest and one on the stomach), an auto-inflating blood pressure machine, and a finger heart rate monitor. This beeped out loud and since my heart was up at 120 BPM it drove me crazy with the noise. She asked me my height and weight, asked if I had an escort home, and when the last time I ate was. Then she let me stew until the doctor came in.

He asked me how I was doing and I said, "Well, I've been better." He said he hears that a lot and that he had my heart rate up pretty high. Really quickly he adjusted the headrest on the chair, leaned me back, stuck a wedge between my teeth to prop them open, and had me stick out my arm for the IV. Now, I'm not a needle-phobe, but the stick wasn't bad. He also stuck a rubber oxygen mask over my nose that I fancy made me look like a Star Trek alien. So I was there thinking my best "chill out" thoughts when I heard him say "Now we'll make you sleepy," and tell the assistant to give so and so many CCs of Versed. I immediately smelled/tasted a rush of chemicals to the nose and became heavy in the limbs. I actually said "Whee!" because I was so thrilled to be on the edge of sedation but not be freaking out like I fantasized.

Basically, all my fears came from being terrified of struggling within the sedation. It seemed too much like death to me. Like, I imagined being drugged up and fighting against it and being scared and wanting OUT but having no escape. I was also nervous about the aftermath, and feeling nauseated or loopy and losing self control. I am happy to report it wasn't like that at all! Seriously, I'd do it again tomorrow if I had to.

This is what happened: I remember him giving me two injections, one in the top and bottom of the left side. Then I was sitting upright with cotton in my mouth, fully alert, in no pain or fear, and the doctor was handing me my teeth.

I've heard it described as missing time, but I wouldn't even say that. Missing time implies that there was something to be missed. It was like that 45 minutes had never existed. I thought that this sensation of coming to would be strange and fearful, but it wasn't at all! Literally, like every other story on here, it was like the procedure happened in the blink of an eye. I had given myself panic attacks for nothing! It was nothing like sleep in that I wasn't even aware I'd been out and there was no "drifting" or dreaming. I remember nothing that happened after the first injections.

I had seen all the videos on YouTube about teens going crazy in the recovery room and panicked about whether that was going to happen to me. Nope! My mom was brought in and I was alert, but a little sleepy, as the assistant explained the recovery. Not babbling like a lunatic.

I felt good enough afterwards to take a trip to Sam's Club for my prescription and some soft foods. I was groggy, like I had taken some Benadryl, but otherwise perfectly fine. Then we stopped at Burger King for a milkshake which gave me no end of trouble with my numb mouth and I went home for a nap. Two hours later I woke up feeling great. Seriously, I would have gone for a run if I wasn't afraid of losing the stitches. The only minor thing was that I was still bleeding and had to change the cotton a few times. I didn't fill the prescription for the Percocet, and only took the 600 mg of ibuprofen, which worked for me.

So two days in and the only discomfort I have had is a slight jaw ache. I had braces and that ordeal was infinitely more uncomfortable than the recovery. My toothache was thousands of times worse than the whole procedure. Basically, it's on the same inconvenience level as a minor cold. Heck, I'd rather have my wisdom teeth out again than go through the awkwardness that a visit to the gyno involves!

Overall I'm so glad I decided to do it. The day of surgery was actually a great day: I felt a little like a hero for being so brave, I got rid of the nagging fear that's been haunting me for a year, my teeth are now perfectly healthy and pain-free, and I got to eat ice cream and take a nap and have people baby me a little!

Are you still frightened? Don't be! Why?

1. It's literally the shortest dental visit you'll ever have. All of the freaky scary "dental stuff" is done in that period that gets erased from your life so the worst you have to deal with is sitting in the chair for a few minutes.

2. Everything you've heard about IV sedation is true. I didn't believe it myself. I was SURE I would be the one person to have a reaction and run screaming in fear from the room. But no, it worked. Funny, that.

3. Rotten teeth suck. Having them out is awesome.

4. You will feel SO GREAT when it's all over. The relief was amazing. Almost worth the months of terror. Well, not really.

5. The recovery isn't that bad. You won't be waking up in pain because your mouth is numb. You might have more discomfort that I had but I'd call it that: discomfort, not acute pain. Medicine and rest helps.

Thanks for listening, and I hope I helped! If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them because I know how scary it can all seem. You can do it! :jump:
 
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suzannek

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Thanks for this story! It was comforting to read while waiting for my own wisdom tooth extraction, which I had done Tuesday.

I will admit to not believing anyone when they said the sedation made the surgery seem like the blink of an eye, but it's true! Amazing, isn't it?
 
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cinnabubbles

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I had my wisdom teeth removed in 2010 after my regular dentist saw how severely impacted they were. when the oral surgeon was doing her exam, she was actually shocked that my wizzies weren't causing me any pain despite being so severely impacted.

I was put out for the procedure but everything went well and I had no pain at all thanks to Vicodin. I now know how Doctor House feels to be stoned on that stuff...hahaha! I also got sick of ice cream for about a month after recovery since I ate it so often.
 
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msny

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No need to fear Wisdom teeth extraction!

I just thought I would share my success story as I found this website particularly useful over the last week and I wanted to give back something. While, I don't have a dental phobia, I do have a fears of being in the dentist chair. I am also a psychologist who has helped patients in the past overcome dental anxiety so it is often assumed by dentists and family members alike that I will have no problem and that I am well placed to combat my own anxious symptoms.

Three years ago, I had the top one removed with only a local anesthetic, I was in so much in pain (due to an infection) that I just wanted it out and to be honest I don't remember much of the procedure at all. But the relief afterwards was wonderful! I was informed then and there that the other three would eventually meet the same fate.

A week ago, the top followed by the bottom one started giving me trouble, both were impacted. I was sent for two panoramic scans followed by a CT scan (this is essential if there are doubts about the location of your nerve to your roots). I was told that all three had to be removed. The thoughts of this frightened me because I dreaded getting the lower ones out due to their proximity to the nerve and the fact that they were so embedded in my jaw bone. The options were full extraction or coronectomy. They would only perform the oral surgery under IV sedation (again this scared me as I did not know what to expect).

My oral surgeon felt confident to carry out a full extraction on the lower wisdom teeth as well. This morning, I went in at 10:00, IV went in (only felt a pinch), the room went swirly, I closed my eyes and the next time I opened them was when I was being assisted from the chair to a nearby room to wait for my mother to collect me. I felt fine waiting for my mother just tired and numb. I have no recollection of the procedure (it took one hour altogether).

The pain afterwards is another story but the medication helps and lots of ice packs.

Overall, I am really happy I got them out under IV sedation and would recommend it to anyone!! :grin:
 
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rachel2717

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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm getting mine out tomorrow and I'm SO scared. Your story helped.
 
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nercomi

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Finally had my wisdom teeth removed under GA

Hey all,
I've been terrified of the dentist and needles in general all my life, recently I decided that I just couldn't fight removing my wisdom teeth anymore and at 23 my coverage as a full time student under my parents dental insurance was about to run out. I asked for general anesthesia because the idea of conscious IV sedation had me in tears nearing a full on panic attack! I met with a fabulous surgeon that said it would be no problem and made the appointment. Yesterday, it was time. I asked my mom to come with me and drove to the office first thing in the morning.

The staff at Burnaby Sedation Dental were wonderful and the nurse that came to give me the pre-surgical chat was absolutely fantastic about making me feel comfortable and calm. The anesthesiologist brought me into the back, his bedside manner wasn't great but he was very professional and the nurse made up for his lack of reassurance. Putting the IV in was the part that was psychologically the hardest for me, receiving needles is still my biggest issue, but they nailed it on the first try and were quick to get the first med into me. The nurse told me it would feel like I slammed a morning margarita, which it totally did, then they placed an oxygen mask on my face, administered the second med and told me I was going to go to sleep now. It felt like I slept for maybe ten minutes, I had a weird dream and then woke up. My mouth was super dry and stuffed with gauze, I think the most distressing part was that I couldn't really talk, only make this weird honking noise and make a thumbs up or down. It was really hard to stay awake, even in the car going home and hour after waking up, I kept having to close my eyes.

When I got home I took out the gauze and had some water, which really helped, and took a nap. The worst part was trying to communicate with people and swallow pills with a frozen face! It took about 5 hours total for the freezing to wear off, my jaw was stiff and the extraction sites a little tender but thus far no significant pain, swelling or bruising. I'm SUPER hungry, though, I've been sticking to clear fluids and popsicles while the wrest of the famjam chows down on tacos and chocolaty deserts. I think I'll try some nice soft stuff today but I don't want to go to fast.

All in all, I'm super proud of myself for doing something I so absolutely feared, hopefully it will encourage others to find the strength to go through with their own extractions!
 
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aflowers01

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I had my two lower wisdom teeth extracted about three weeks ago under conscious sedation. When I came out of it, I was convinced it hadn't worked because I did remember a few bits and pieces but thought it only took like 5-10 minutes. The nurse told me it took 30 and it blew my mind lol. The left side was easy, the right tooth was very stubborn and had to be sectioned into 5 pieces. They were very sweet about the whole thing, one of the nurses held my hand until the sedation kicked in. I would definitely recommend music, I do vaguely remember hearing some cracking noises. They got me an ice pack, helped me get comfy in a recliner with a blanket (I wanted to take that blanket home with me) until I was a little more with it.

One major problem I had during recovery, though, is that I got VERY tired of ice cream, mashed potatoes and yogurt. So definitely stock up on a variety. I cooked carrots or cauliflower until they were soft enough to mash, those tasted wonderful and they aren't as heavy as potatoes.

Three weeks out and I'm healing very well. I'm eating most normal food except for anything that is very hard or has sharp edges. I miss crunchy snacks but better that than causing a problem for myself. The second molar on my left side is very sensitive to cold and that's a wait and see type of thing. Overall I'm glad I did it!
 
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SUCCESS Wisdom Tooth Removal Extraction

I am a new member but decided to come and share my story after I read a couple success stories about wisdom tooth removal. It's been approximately 16 hours and I would've posted about 6 hours since the procedure but I was lazy. I'd thought I'd come back here and share my experience as well in order to help someone out with their fears. I read bailymonster's experience and I will confirm and agree with two statements- "IV sedation is a miracle" and "I would redo it all no problem." In fact, to say IV sedation is a miracle is an understatement.

The fear of the procedure really hit me about 3 days before. My biggest concern wasn't really the needle nor the healing process, but the actual sedation. I suffer from panic attacks and I had never "been under/put to sleep." I feared that I would feel the anesthetic begin and I would freak out or try to fight it somehow. The only similar experience I had was at the hospital this year when the nurse gave me some kind of relaxing medication through a shot and I felt it taking over. In that case, I was scared at first (freaked out and became alert) but it eventually helped me feel relaxed and sleepy. Anyway, my fear three days before the extraction brought a lot of (TMI warning) chest pains, nightmares, trouble sleeping and diarrhea! That was the intensity of my fear prior to the appointment. Although I had read positive stories and was advised by friends it was a cinch, my mind just couldn't stop worrying even though I did at moments feel positive.

I read reviews about my oral surgeon before I met him at the procedure location. Some google reviewer said the facility was like a "russian cold war experiment." I didn't think so at all. It wasn't the fanciest place with a saltwater aquarium but it was clean and nice. It is REALLY HELPFUL when the nurses and staff treat you with kindness throughout the visit. It makes a big difference helping you feel comfortable. During my wait in the waiting room, I tried to ignore listening to the patients or nurses talk if its not related to me. Overhearing people or being too alert tends to freak me out as I tend to relate everything negative to what may happen to me. I heard some family member say "she's really upset" when ultimately I conclude it hadn't anything to do with the dentist or facility but rather personal problems.

After waiting a bit they checked me in and I sat in a chair. They made me pee in a cup, change to gown, asked medical questions and checked my blood pressure. I got concerned when they asked me if I have a will. During my waiting, I prayed to God to give me a safe procedure and thought about my family. I was having three wisdom teeth removed and I confirmed them with the nurse (I was born without a 4th one.) She placed the needle on my hand and she failed the first time. She ended up having to redo it on my second hand. It helps me a lot when I don't look at the needle at all and if she doesn't count down to prepare me. Although the IV was just hydrating me, I already thought differently and got myself worked up mentally. It's amazing how fear can just alter how your body feels physically. But the good thing is that it was a one-time shot and the rest of the medications/anasthesia would enter through the IV.

I was moved over to another room/chair where the surgeon and anesthesiologist would briefly talk to me before going to the reclining chair for surgery. I told the anesthesiologist I overheard a patient telling him that one time they woke up from anesthesia and they couldn't catch their breath. But as the anasthesiologist told the patient, he also told me that that was at a different facility/operation and that he can reassure me he won't let that happen at his facility and is taking measures to prevent that. It's important to express your fears, questions and worries to get them answered. Nevertheless I had been breaking down and crying a few times already. The anesthesiologist knew this because the nurse informed him. He was sympathetic, he cracked jokes with me and tried to humor me. He also added a little relaxing medicine to my IV and I had ultimately stopped crying. My eyesight doubled momentarily initially but then it stabilized. I felt emotionally better. I'm very thankful they were caring and nice. I was very polite on my end too.


Finally they made me walk over to the surgery room and I layed on the reclining chair. I thanked them all in advance before I went down. I heard someone say "ok we're putting the anesthesia in your IV." A couple seconds later- that was it. I never felt sleepy, I never felt weak, I never felt different. I NEVER FELT IT COMING AT ALL. I don't know how it happened but I was out somehow.
Next thing you know the nurse was sitting me up saying "Hey, you are awake now." I immediately started crying but I was happy. I was crying tears of joy and I hugged her for support. She helped dress me, sat me on a wheelchair and gave me to my sister. I was a little wonky but it subsided quickly.
Sis took me home, picked up my Rx, and I just layed in bed. Im still in bed (16 hours later) but am excited to go pick up my child today as I think I am able. I am healing quickly and my mouth is running clear today. As far as details on recovery- obviously it is painful but I haven't felt like it's unbearable without pills. I haven't and won't go a long time without the meds to confirm that. I am taking them as directed and have been placing ice packs.

Just remember this when you feel the fear hit you (especially nearing the procedure)
-Recall all positive stories
-(Unfortunately) Remember there are children (and adults) who are battling diseases in hospitals conquering numerous surgeries like a piece of cake
-Remember that people get their teeth extracted everyday like no biggie.

But my biggest reminder is this- In my opinion, the worst part of all this the fear before the procedure. The actual procedure is a cinch- you just don't know it yet. :cool:
 
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Yep. This morning I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted under GA. I've been incredibly stressed about the op for weeks, and have been crying a lot leading up to the actual appointment. I hope my story helps some others go and get the procedure done. Once it's over, thankfully it's OVER and you won't ever have to do it again. :D


So my partner and I got to the office exactly at 11:30 for my appointment. They took me IMMEDIATELY back, which was good and bad. Good because yay getting things over with fast, bad because ugh anxiety levels went through the roof. I get in the back and start crying. The two nurses were SO NICE TO ME. I can't even. They were amazing. They explained things every step of the way, asked me if I had questions, asked if I was comfortable, and talked me through what was going on.

As soon as I was in the chair, I closed my eyes. I told them, "Just do whatever you need to do. I can't look." The nurse put a rubber band thing around my arm and told me to squeeze a foam block. She said, "Wow, you have big veins!!" which was awesome. We talked a bit about my job while I cried. Another nurse put a paper bib over my chest and abdomen and told me I'd be completely fine and that it was all going to be okay. I think she pet my shoulder a bit too. They put some heart monitoring things on me on my hands and ankles. No pain. I didn't even know they were there. I think they also put something in my mouth to keep it open, but I was so distracted by fear that I can't even remember.

At that point, the doctor came in. I couldn't look at him. I started to cry more, breathing deeply to try and calm myself. He tightened the rubber band and told me to make a fist and then pump it a few times and asked how I was doing. I laughed through my tears and said, "Nervous!" He spread some ointment or something on the inner elbow, then said, "This is going to be cold for a second," and he sprayed some really really cold stuff over the area. I knew what was next, so I must have seemed tense. The nurse told me, "Don't forget to breathe!" and we both kind of laughed. The doctor said, "You'll feel a little prick in a second," and he put the IV in. Barely a prick at all. Nothing to worry about. Way easier than when I had my blood drawn. Once it's in, there's no agitation or pain at all. It's just there. It's funny how quickly the body adjusts to weird things like that.

The doctor said, "Okay, we're administering the sedation." The nurse said, "You're going to start to feel relaxed very soon, and all this anxiety will just melt away and you'll feel great! You're doing really well!"

I didn't feel the stuff go into me. The nurse said, "we're going to put this mask over your nose. It's just oxygen. Just breathe normally." And at that point, I started kind of panicking with the "what if this doesn't work on me and I'm awake during the procedure??" I breathed deep a few times, tears rolling down my face.

Then I woke up.

Seriously. I don't remember falling asleep at all! No pain. No knowledge of the experience whatsoever during the time I was out. IT WAS THE BEST SLEEP OF MY LIFE! I woke up just wanting to go back to that kind of heavy, authentic sleep.

I woke up and had a moment of panic thinking "oh god, they're still operating on me, I need to tell them to stop because I'm awake!" but by the time I could speak, the nurse was saying my name and "we're going to sit you up slowly, okay? We're all done." I think my panic was because she was putting the gauze in my mouth.

After, they walked me (I was soooo drowsy and had a hard time walking) to the recovery room. I couldn't feel my mouth or chin at all, and that was kind of freaky. Actually it was really freaky to me. I don't like losing my ability to feel my face. I kept reaching up to touch my lips to ensure my mouth was closed, because I couldn't tell. As I sat down, my partner came in and the nurse went over EVERYTHING for post-op care, gave my partner a huge sheet with instructions, and stressed to call if ANYTHING was wrong. It took about 30 minutes for me to be able to come around fully. I was just really drowsy and wished I could go back to sleep but knew I had to stay up. The nurse put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me to my car, and we went home.

Taking the pills after was INTERESTING. Like, how do you swallow water AND a pill when you can't feel your tongue/mouth/lips?? I managed but I actually had to have my partner check to ensure I'd swallowed it lol I had no idea! I ate (very slowly) a container of yogurt. It was awkward, but I just spread the yogurt on my tongue and swallowed. There was some blood at this point, which was kind of gross.

That was....wow, 12 hours ago! Since then, I had a small bit of pain, but I took extra meds just when it started so now I'm all good. I've been taking them every 4-5 hours to stay ahead of the pain. I've been sleeping sitting up in bed, watching TV and dozing off since I got home. My partner has been helping me change the gauze every 30-45 mins or so. My right upper and lower have slowed the bleeding a lot. Left side is still bleeding a bit, so I tried the teabag under gauze thing (soak a black teabag in warm water, place the gauze over it, put it where you put the gauze and hold there lightly for 15 mins, then switch to a clean gauze pack again). Idk if it helped. My left side still bleeds when I remove the gauze. My trash can looks like I've murdered some people and am too dumb to throw away the evidence.

The worst parts thus far have been things I didn't concern myself with beforehand due to the fear of other crazy thing. Worst things include: THE GAUZE. It's just annoying. I don't like having it back in my mouth, and I hate changing it out. I also don't really care for biting down on it. There's no pain; it's just an annoyance. The other worst thing was the NUMBNESS! Oh man. I hated that. I freaked out thinking I had nerve damage because my tongue and lower lip were numb for about 8 hours. To the point that talking/swallowing was difficult. The dry mouth that accompanied all this (due to the gauze keeping my mouth open and my inability to tell when my mouth was closed) was ICKY as well. All I wanted was to drink water, and even that required me to do it carefully because of my numbness.

I'm hoping by tomorrow the blood clots will have formed so I can stop with all this gauze! That's currently the only bad thing on my radar. Am also maybe a bit concerned with waking up sore since I will have taken the pain pills at 11pm and probably not again until 8am or so. *fingers crossed*

Anyway, a success so far! I'll keep posting, because I know before I went in, I wanted as many details as I could get to make things less frightening. :XXLhug:
You have officially freaked me out!! I get mine out tomorrow and my panic attacks are all based on numbness of my tongue and mouth. I've never had anything more than numbing cream in my mouth and even that sends me into an attack. Any advice how to get through this??
 
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Yep. This morning I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted under GA. I've been incredibly stressed about the op for weeks, and have been crying a lot leading up to the actual appointment. I hope my story helps some others go and get the procedure done. Once it's over, thankfully it's OVER and you won't ever have to do it again. :D


So my partner and I got to the office exactly at 11:30 for my appointment. They took me IMMEDIATELY back, which was good and bad. Good because yay getting things over with fast, bad because ugh anxiety levels went through the roof. I get in the back and start crying. The two nurses were SO NICE TO ME. I can't even. They were amazing. They explained things every step of the way, asked me if I had questions, asked if I was comfortable, and talked me through what was going on.

As soon as I was in the chair, I closed my eyes. I told them, "Just do whatever you need to do. I can't look." The nurse put a rubber band thing around my arm and told me to squeeze a foam block. She said, "Wow, you have big veins!!" which was awesome. We talked a bit about my job while I cried. Another nurse put a paper bib over my chest and abdomen and told me I'd be completely fine and that it was all going to be okay. I think she pet my shoulder a bit too. They put some heart monitoring things on me on my hands and ankles. No pain. I didn't even know they were there. I think they also put something in my mouth to keep it open, but I was so distracted by fear that I can't even remember.

At that point, the doctor came in. I couldn't look at him. I started to cry more, breathing deeply to try and calm myself. He tightened the rubber band and told me to make a fist and then pump it a few times and asked how I was doing. I laughed through my tears and said, "Nervous!" He spread some ointment or something on the inner elbow, then said, "This is going to be cold for a second," and he sprayed some really really cold stuff over the area. I knew what was next, so I must have seemed tense. The nurse told me, "Don't forget to breathe!" and we both kind of laughed. The doctor said, "You'll feel a little prick in a second," and he put the IV in. Barely a prick at all. Nothing to worry about. Way easier than when I had my blood drawn. Once it's in, there's no agitation or pain at all. It's just there. It's funny how quickly the body adjusts to weird things like that.

The doctor said, "Okay, we're administering the sedation." The nurse said, "You're going to start to feel relaxed very soon, and all this anxiety will just melt away and you'll feel great! You're doing really well!"

I didn't feel the stuff go into me. The nurse said, "we're going to put this mask over your nose. It's just oxygen. Just breathe normally." And at that point, I started kind of panicking with the "what if this doesn't work on me and I'm awake during the procedure??" I breathed deep a few times, tears rolling down my face.

Then I woke up.

Seriously. I don't remember falling asleep at all! No pain. No knowledge of the experience whatsoever during the time I was out. IT WAS THE BEST SLEEP OF MY LIFE! I woke up just wanting to go back to that kind of heavy, authentic sleep.

I woke up and had a moment of panic thinking "oh god, they're still operating on me, I need to tell them to stop because I'm awake!" but by the time I could speak, the nurse was saying my name and "we're going to sit you up slowly, okay? We're all done." I think my panic was because she was putting the gauze in my mouth.

After, they walked me (I was soooo drowsy and had a hard time walking) to the recovery room. I couldn't feel my mouth or chin at all, and that was kind of freaky. Actually it was really freaky to me. I don't like losing my ability to feel my face. I kept reaching up to touch my lips to ensure my mouth was closed, because I couldn't tell. As I sat down, my partner came in and the nurse went over EVERYTHING for post-op care, gave my partner a huge sheet with instructions, and stressed to call if ANYTHING was wrong. It took about 30 minutes for me to be able to come around fully. I was just really drowsy and wished I could go back to sleep but knew I had to stay up. The nurse put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me to my car, and we went home.

Taking the pills after was INTERESTING. Like, how do you swallow water AND a pill when you can't feel your tongue/mouth/lips?? I managed but I actually had to have my partner check to ensure I'd swallowed it lol I had no idea! I ate (very slowly) a container of yogurt. It was awkward, but I just spread the yogurt on my tongue and swallowed. There was some blood at this point, which was kind of gross.

That was....wow, 12 hours ago! Since then, I had a small bit of pain, but I took extra meds just when it started so now I'm all good. I've been taking them every 4-5 hours to stay ahead of the pain. I've been sleeping sitting up in bed, watching TV and dozing off since I got home. My partner has been helping me change the gauze every 30-45 mins or so. My right upper and lower have slowed the bleeding a lot. Left side is still bleeding a bit, so I tried the teabag under gauze thing (soak a black teabag in warm water, place the gauze over it, put it where you put the gauze and hold there lightly for 15 mins, then switch to a clean gauze pack again). Idk if it helped. My left side still bleeds when I remove the gauze. My trash can looks like I've murdered some people and am too dumb to throw away the evidence.

The worst parts thus far have been things I didn't concern myself with beforehand due to the fear of other crazy thing. Worst things include: THE GAUZE. It's just annoying. I don't like having it back in my mouth, and I hate changing it out. I also don't really care for biting down on it. There's no pain; it's just an annoyance. The other worst thing was the NUMBNESS! Oh man. I hated that. I freaked out thinking I had nerve damage because my tongue and lower lip were numb for about 8 hours. To the point that talking/swallowing was difficult. The dry mouth that accompanied all this (due to the gauze keeping my mouth open and my inability to tell when my mouth was closed) was ICKY as well. All I wanted was to drink water, and even that required me to do it carefully because of my numbness.

I'm hoping by tomorrow the blood clots will have formed so I can stop with all this gauze! That's currently the only bad thing on my radar. Am also maybe a bit concerned with waking up sore since I will have taken the pain pills at 11pm and probably not again until 8am or so. *fingers crossed*

Anyway, a success so far! I'll keep posting, because I know before I went in, I wanted as many details as I could get to make things less frightening. :XXLhug:
I'm not sure how to use this forum yet. Sry
 
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Wisdom teeth removal IV sedation...so easy!

Hey! I just had all 4 of my impacted wisdom teeth out earlier today (about 9 hours ago) and thought I would put some worried minds at ease.
I'm a 21 year old female and have VERY bad anxiety. I've been rebooking my appointment for almost a year now. I cried every time I thought about it. I'm not bothered by needles but I absolutely have a fear of being in a medical setting, dentist or doctor.

Anyway, I went in today a complete mess, crying, shaking. I thought I was gonna walk right out of that waiting room. They finally called my name for a consultation with my oral surgeon. He jokes saying "so you're the nervous one the nurses told me about" and reassured me that I would be okay. He gave me a option of IV sedation or local freezing..which I quickly replied hell no lol. He then explained the slight risks of the sedation, what to expect after, etc. I signed the papers and he then took me off to the surgery room. I was calmed by his words and how caring the surgeon was, but I was still sweaty palmed and shaking.

The anesthesiologist was waiting for me and guided me to the chair, he introduced himself and said he'd be the one giving me the "happy juice".. While he was prepping the medication and tying my arm up to find a vein, a nurse came in and hooked me up to a blood pressure machine and heart rate monitor. My pressure was 170/85!!!! It's usually 118/70. At this point I was having a full blown anxiety attack so they gave me oxygen and gave me a warm blanket and let me compose myself a bit. I finally felt like I could do it.
The drug dude asked if I was ready and I nodded. He explained what I would feel and reassured me over and over again until I was out. The last thing I remember is feeling an extreme sense of calmness and well being, very euphoric...I remember I couldn't keep my eyes open one second longer and I was OUT in less than a minute.

What felt to be 1 second later, I awoke. The nurse said I was done and I asked how long it took(with a mouth full of gauze) and it only took 30 minutes. I was coherent, not acting like the people in the videos at all, and I didn't have any nausea!! I was a bit dizzy but that's it. I was asked to stay seated (I probably couldn't have walked anyways) my blood pressure was taken a few more times and I could hear the monitor beeping which would normally cause anxiety, but I could have cared less. I was so relaxed. I spent about 40 minutes or so in the recovery room and they brought my mom in and went over after care. I got iced up and I was prescribed T3's for pain which I had to wait 4 hours to take, I was in pretty bad pain by the time I could take them.

I've only taken two T3's and I've managed to eat some mashed potatoes, yogurt, and chicken broth. I have no swelling yet but I'm sure that will change within the next couple of days. My oral surgeon even called personally about an hour ago to see how I was doing and if the bleeding had stopped, how kind! I've been icing lots and chilling on the couch all day, the pain is there but it's bearable right now. I would have gotten this done so much sooner if I knew how easy it is!
 
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Thank you so much for making this thread! I discovered I would have to have my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago, and I have been scared to death. I am more afraid of surgery than death currently (I have never had a surgery.). This has caused so much relief for me. There are so many stories of the experience not being close to meeting the experience the participants' anxieties had created in their heads.
I have been diagnosed with anxiety, and I have found that I have never experienced an event that went worse than the version of it I had made up in my head. I immediately expect the worse from everything, but this thread makes me think that I have been severely overreacting.

I hope to post my story once I complete my surgery in a few months. I want to help people who will be going through what I am experiencing now.
:)
Thanks again! You have helped me so much.
 
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Impacted Wisdom Tooth Surgical Extraction with only local anaes - No Hitch and 100% Done!

I just wanted to share this with forumers - my experience with an impacted wisdom tooth surgery.

I fear dentists like you can't imagine - have never been to one in 27 years of my life - I kid you not! Until my wisdom tooth got infected and I had no choice but to go. Four different dentists until I found one I could stand (and one who was confident to do it! It was even scarier to find dentists telling me it was too hard a job for them! Yikes!). He was good and I only had local aneasthetic so though I could hear everything and feel the pressure - I was fine.

I only needed painkillers for one day and after that I was fighting fit and out shopping!

If you're scared - let me tell you - It's completely ok but tell yourself how awesome it's going to feel once it's done.

I now have problems with the 2nd molar because I took so long to get this done! But that's another story. Don't wait like I did!
 
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Re: Impacted Wisdom Tooth Surgical Extraction with only local anaes - No Hitch and 100% Done!

Congratulations:jump::jump::jump::):jump::yay::bounces::welldone:
 
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Re: Impacted Wisdom Tooth Surgical Extraction with only local anaes - No Hitch and 100% Done!

I am glad it went well for you and :thankyou: for taking the time to write about it. I am sure it will help a lot of other people that are nervous when they read it :yayy::yayy::yayy::wow::perfect::dance2::dance2::dance2::thumbsup::butterfly:
 
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Re: Impacted Wisdom Tooth Surgical Extraction with only local anaes - No Hitch and 100% Done!

Thanks Carole and Mardan!

I have noticed from online resources that most US dentists use GA for dental surgery - we don't have that option in this part of the world unless we specifically request for it and then it costs us 2x more!

So I was pretty scared going on knowing I'd be perfectly awake through it all! I am the biggest chicken ever so if i can - anyone can. :)
 
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