Post # 1
I haven’t gone to the dentist in almost 6 years (terrible and gross, I know) because I didn’t have dental insurance. Now that Darling Husband and I are married, I finally went to address the pain my gums by my wisdom teeth. Lo and behold, they all need to be extracted…and three are impacted. I want to get them taken out as soon as possible because I’m starting a new job next Monday.
My last day at my current job is Thursday. We were planning on going out of town this weekend, to add to all of this complication.
So, a few questions if you’ve had your wisdom teeth out:
Sedation or no sedation?
How much did it cost? The particular surgeon they’re trying to set me up with makes you pay the entire cost up front, and then get reimbursed by your insurance. Is this normal?
Any advice would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure you have to be sedated especially if they are impacted.
Post # 4
@LizLemon: Yes, be sedated… I could see maybe if it was 1 tooth… but 6. You won’t want to be awake for that!
& yes, my friends insurance makes them pay up front & they reimburse them later. I don’t have insurance so I wouldn’t know!
Look into Care Credit. Its a medical credit card (works at my dentist, but not all dentists take it) that you pay 0% interest on for about a year, so long as you pay the minimum payments. Its saved my life so many times! 🙂
ETA: I had to have 6 teeth taken out (4 wisdom teeth & 2 next to them) & my jaw was bruised & it took me about a month before I was fully recovered. I couldn’t open my jaw all the way either. It took at least 1 week for me to be able to talk, from what I remember. However my old roommate had 4 wisdom teeth taken out & he was just fine 2 days later.
Post # 5
@LittleCricket: I think that’s correct.
You basically can’t get this done this weekend.
Post # 6
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Twilight sedation. Paid deductible only. Took me 3 days to recover.
Post # 7
Definitely sedation! The invasivness of the procedure really depends on whether you are having them surgically cut out or just pulled. If they haven’t come through yet, you’ll need to get them “cut” out, which is a little more invasive, but from a patient standpoint the procedure is the same. You could probably have it done on a Friday and be able to go back to work the next Monday (barring any infections or other problems). I had mine cut out (all 4), and I was put completely under, but it only took a couple of hours and it was a fairly simple outpatient procedure.
My advice would be do NOT drink out of a straw afterwards! I did this, and it caused a dry socket, which was so unbelievably painful. It doesn’t even matter if it’s just water, any sort of suction at all can causing bad bleeding. Other things can cause this, but your doctor will give you a list of things not to do. Basically you’ll just be eating a lot of ice cream and mushy food for a while, but as long as there aren’t any problems (there usually aren’t), it’s a pretty quick deal as far as getting back to work goes. But I know some people take longer to recover than others, so it really just depends.
I don’t know what it cost, I got it done in high school and I was on my parents’ insurance.
Post # 8
@LittleCricket: You know, I thought so too, but when my dentist put me on the phone with the oral surgeon, they asked me if I was getting sedation or not.
Without a price to go off of or any sort of guidance, I had no idea what to say.
Post # 9
@LizLemon: I think you need to be sedated. My sister was in a bad way for 2 weeks. It’s surgery… don’t expect to bounce back all that quickly. My sister had bruises for over a week.
With that said, I’d get a second opinion. I am very stubborn.. my dentist has suggested I get mine out for YEARS now. He doesn’t have a good reason. Just that they might cause me issues in the future. I still have my wisom teeth… I still have my tonsils… and I’m fine.
If my wisdom teeth give me any major problems or start to make my teeth crooked, I will get them removed, obviously. I just don’t like to do something without a reason, you know?
Post # 10
I was completely knocked out with IV sedation. I had 5 wisdom teeth to come out, so they knew they were really going to have to go digging after the extra one – being awake was not an option.
I was a teen, so my mom’s insurance paid. However, for all my current dental work, my dentist bills insurance first and then just charges me for what they don’t cover. I would call around to a few other offices and see if you can find someone else who would offer that option.
Post # 11
Lessons I learned the hard way: Be sedated. Only do one side of your mouth at a time.
Post # 12
@canarydiamond: Yeah, one of them is giving me serious problems and needs to come out. The other three, not so much, but I’m of the mindset that I only want to go under ONCE if I can, ya know?
Post # 13
Conscious sedation. All 4 extracted at the same time. Done on a Friday, back to school on Monday-still had swollen face (chipmunk cheeks) on both sides though.
Post # 14
You’ll want to be sedated, especially if they’re impacted. It look me 4 days total to heal from the bruising after I had my wisdom teeth removed, but I was really only out of it and drugged up on pain meds for two days.
As for cost… I don’t know what to tell you. Mine was $800 after what my insurance covered, but that was also about 15 years ago.
Post # 15
@LizLemon: Yeah, makes sense. Good luck whatever route you go! I am not sure I could handle hearing all the grinding etc. (I once had a molar removed with just freezing and it was bad enough).
Post # 16
@LizLemon: SEDATION. Even if it is way more expensive. I was not sedated, and having my wisdom teeth removed remains, to this day, one of the worst things I have ever experienced. My mouth wouldn’t stay numb so I had to have several injections in my gums. Ouch. Also, hearing your teeth being cracked? That is disgusting, and horrific. I am grossed out just remembering it now!
I was lucky and still under my parents’ care when I had mine out, so luckily I didn’t have to pay for it.. so i’m no help there!
But I do want to set expectations, some people are fine 4 hours after their surgery (my FI) and some people (me) are in pain and can’t eat anything but ice cream for over a week. I couldn’t handle the pain killers and was miserable the entire time. Just a heads up…wouldn’t want to spoil your weekend away.