(Closed) Terrified about Wisdom Teeth

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had this done a few years ago, but they only took out two teeth.  I actually didn’t mind being put to sleep because I didn’t have any memories of the trauma of getting teeth pulled.  I’ve had other, non-impacted teeth pulled before and I hated being awake for that!  Everything was totally fine and I got to spend the rest of the day resting at home and watching TV.  Just don’t eat any rice for awhile after having your teeth pulled!  Everything will be just fine!  Make sure you have someone to pamper you afterwards.

Post # 4
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was put under to get all four of mine out, and it wasn’t so horrible. Do follow all the directions they give you though (especially no straws) because I ended up with some dry sockets 🙁 No fun. But over-all, it’s not that horrible and the being put to sleep isn’t all that scary for me (I’ve had to do it a few times). Ice yourself like crazy so you don’t look like a chipmunk.

And don’t let your driver let you talk them into stopping for a sundae or some other snack since you’ll likely be hungry. I did this to my mom…and proceeded to drool chocolate and icecream all over myself since I couldn’t feel half my face, bahaha. I STILL hear about it. 🙂

Post # 5
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve had this done and assure me it’s no big deal.  The worst part will be the recovery – which you can be drugged up for!  Really, after a tiny prick of a needle you won’t remember a thing!  Really, nothing.  You’ll wake up, maybe be asked to walk to the recovery room (aka stumble down the hall) and be instructed to sleep for an hour or so.  Then for a week or 2 you’ll be fine drugged up and eating smoothies!  It’s nothing to be worried about since you have to do literally nothing.

Post # 6
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had all four out when I was 19 with only novacaine and laughing gas.  Make sure you follow instructions, lots of ice and rest and you should be back to normal in no time. 

Good luck!

Post # 7
4371 posts
Honey bee

I felt exactly like you did! I had to oral surgery and have a part of my jaw cut out because my wisdom tooth was so impacted (sounds worse that it really was). But the part that scared me the most was being put under too. The thing that worried me the most was the feeling of losing control during the time from being awake, to being out. I even asked the oral surgeon if I could just get local, and he wouldn’t let me. 

But honestly it wasn’t that bad. There wasn’t much time between awake, and out. Basically, I remember them putting the IV in and that was pretty much it until I woke up. You will be ok! Just remember to follow all of their instructions really well afterwards, because I had a dry socket, and it was not good, to say the least.

Post # 8
4371 posts
Honey bee

If you are really nervous, ask the doctor if he can give you a valium or something you can take before hand.

Post # 9
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had this done too.  Don’t be afraid, it really is far easier than getting a filling.  They will not start anything until you are totally asleep.  By the time you wake up, you will be done (and still numb from the novocaine) and ready for someone to take you home.

As for the being put to sleep part, I’ve had it done twice at the dentist and both times it was the same.  They put the IV in your arm (and whatever they use doesn’t seem to be as large a needle as a hospital IV, so it hurts less).  Then they tell you that you will fall asleep.  But you don’t feel sleepy. I can remember starting to panic a bit because I wasn’t getting sleepy.  But then the next thing I knew it was over and time to go home.  It’s like one second you are fully awake waiting for the IV to kick in and the next second you are totally unconscious.  Don’t let that part of it scare you at all.  I wish I could have every dentist appointment asleep like that.

Post # 10
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was TERRIFIED too, and I had never had any type of surgery or been put to sleep for anything. But I promise its not bad. You don’t remember a thing, you don’t wake up in any pain, and as long as your good at taking your medication and ICING yourself (so important..I slept on an icepack instead of a pillow for days), you will have a fine recovery.

And you will probably have a really crazy/cool dream when you’re asleep! I had a dream about floating on an iceberg, and I was surrounded by pink talking polar bears.

Post # 11
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had to get 4 wisdom teeth and another tooth pulled!  I wasn’t put under but it wasn’t that bad.  All you feel is the pressure but no pain. I was on percocet and slept the rest of the day. After two days, I was good as new.

You will be fine!

Post # 12
1565 posts
Bumble bee

I got mine out with local anesthesia only…and the anesthesia didn’t work on one of the teeth so I could feel it being pulled out. Hurt like hell. But even so, it wasn’t that bad. 

When Darling Husband had his taken out, he was put to sleep. He said it was not bad AT ALL. 

Don’t worry, you’ll be fine! 

Post # 13
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was put under when I had mine taken out as well. It was GREAT! LOL! They had me bring music so I put my headphones on and went to sleep listening to one of my favorite songs. When I woke up, I was pretty loopy, I kept telling my Mom how much I loved her and thanked her for taking care of me! Ha! It really was fine, no problems. I did it because of the fear of the surgery and having teeth pulled. I highly recommend being put under whenever anyone tells me they have to have theirs taken out.

Post # 14
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had all 4 of mine out a couple years ago. It was my first surgery ever. I had never been put to sleep either. So I was about as scared as you.

I can honestly tell you I don’t remember a thing. One minute they were talking to me, the next I was waking up in the recovery room.

Darling Husband (BF at the time) took me and waited in the waiting room for me. He drove me home, we put ice on my cheeks right away and I never really swelled up. I do remember pulling on my lip trying to figure out what it was hahaha. Everything was so frozen.

I took half the T3’s I was given so I wouldnt feel loopy and it was enough to get rid of the pain. They had to dig one of them out (non of mine had grown in yet, all under the gums) so it hurt the most. More of an achey pain than anything. Recovery did suck but it wasn’t as bad as I expected.

Mashed potatoes with gravy was the most amazing thing I ate! I tried the pudding, jello, etc and it all tasted so blah! It took me a good month or two to actually eat what I wanted. Like no steak for example. No sucking from a straw, smoking, etc… since it could cause dry sockets.

They also make you wash your mouth out A LOT. For this reason, I now can’t stand the smell of salt. I gag just thinking about it. But you want to wash to avoid infection.

Honestly, its a lot better than you’ll expect. Make sure you put ice on as soon as you get home so you don’t swell really bad. Stock up on foods before hand. Have lots of stuff that is easy to eat. And just rest. I didn’t sleep much after the surgery. I just hung out on the couch and watched movies.

You’ll be fine. Good luck 🙂

Post # 15
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had all 4 of mine out at once as well. All were impacted and I was put completely under.

I could have sworn I was only under for 30 sec.

Recovery really wasn’t bad.

Just a lot of smoothies (NO STRAWS) jello and pudding.

I had them out when I was in high school and barely remember going through the recovery.

I think within a week I was pretty much back to normal eating.

It’s really not that bad, plus you have an excuse to lay in bed and eat ice cream.

Post # 16
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had four out at once.  I was convinced I’d manage to stay awake for it (and at age 19, I thought that would be cool).  I remember feeling a little tired and closing my eyes briefly.  I opened them back up expecting to see the surgery but they were done and putting away their instruments.

As folks said, you won’t be able to feel anything on your face and you’ll be hungry, trying to eat ice cream while drooling.  I flipped up the passenger mirror to watch myself and see that the spoon made it to my mouth.  My mom took me home and she didn’t make fun of me, so choose your driver wisely!

That day hurt quite a lot and I used the Percocet.  The next day I should have used Percocet  but didn’t want to take too much drugs so I used the Motrin they gave me (high dosage).  After that I used nothing, although I had maybe a little pain for two more days?  Hard to remember, it’s been a while.  I’d suggest not being quite so anti-drugs, but really even doing so it wasn’t bad.

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