Post # 1
I am having one wisdom tooth removed on Monday. I stupidlystarted to google all the what ifs and saw that although rare people do die due to bad reactions or whatever. Being under anesthesia terrifies me. Anyone know someone who has died during tooth surgery? Please say no 🙂
Post # 4
haha no!! i had mine removed two yrs ago and nothing happend! i too did google complications and was freaking out but its all good now
Post # 5
No! I had 2 of mine out last summer and had been warned that there was a much higher than normal chance of nerve damage because of where my nerves are situated in relation to the roots of the teeth. In the end the worst that happened was that I came out of anaesthesia talking a bunch of crap and then started to cry. I’d just finished university and guess I was a little overemotional Had some very pretty bruising too! But I tell you what – having my teeth out was the best thing I’ve ever done. No more agonising pain and no more chance of those infections. Good luck with the procedure – it’ll all go fine and trust me, you’ll be so thankful once it’s done.
Post # 6
I just had a six hour oral surgery during which I had four full sized impacted wisdom teeth removed (along with unrelated gum surgery and work on another tooth) and it was really not that bad. It is extremely safe! Almost everyone I know has had theirs surgically removed, and I don’t know anyone who has had any complications! I had no real pain at the extraction sites afterwards. My worst issue was stiff jaw from being open for six hours and an extremely sore throat. This is coming from someone who is terrified of the dentist: it’s truly not worth worrying about it! You will be back to normal before you know it 🙂
Post # 7
Nope! Don’t worry…I had mine out about 4 years ago and although it sucks for a few days to a week afterwards, you will be back to normal soon.
I was nervous going under anesthesia too. But once you get into the office and sit in the chair they go right to work and put the mask on you and ask you to count backwards from 10. You will maybe get to 8…maybe. So it’s like 2 seconds 🙂 Stay off Google lady! You will be totally fine, promise.
Post # 8
As with any type of surgery, there are always risks. But keep in mind wisdom teeth procedures are very very common, and I think the worst you have to worry about is a dry socket. I was under anesthesia, and it happened so fast I didn’t even have time to be nervous. They gave me laughing gas first to calm me down, and then the anesthesia. I started counting back from ten and woke up still counting down to one when i realized my mouth was stuffed full of cotton.
Don’t scare yourself by looking at what theoretically could happen. For example, there are documented cases people with cold sores had the virus travel to their brain and wreaking havoc there. It’s happened, but it’s rare, and given the sheer number of people who have had cold sores (90-95%) it’s nothing to worry yourself over.
Be prepared for what happens after though. Cause it’s not pleasant. Have tons of movies handy and designate someone to give you your drugs. I stupidly decided to do this myself because I didnt trust anyone else, and then *forgot* if I had already taken it. So, in my drug induced state, started counting out all the pills to determine whether or not I did indeed take my drugs, haha. On the brightside, I lost about 15 pounds!! =D (Gained it all back when I went to law school. =( )
Post # 9
I work in a dental office, and while my office doesn’t do oral surgery our sister office does and not one of our patients in the 4 years I have worked there has ever died from having their wisdom teeth removed. The biggest problem we normally see is dry socket. Which I have personally had myself, and while its no picnic its not life threatning and can be fixed with a 15 minute trip to your general dentist.
Post # 10
i had my 4 impacted wismom teeth removed 2 years ago. i too googled before going in which is never a good thing to do, i was so scared! They did have a bit of trouble getting me to wake up but i was ok. They did disclocate my jaw though and i was black and blue for months and my jaw now as a result dislocates frequently but my teeth dont hurt anymore!!
The best food i found to eat after surgery was microwavable cottage pie…soup was too thin and i just dribbled it out lol and everything else was too big to get in the small amount i could open my mouth!!
Post # 11
I just got mine out last Wednesday. My only complication was a partial dry socket that I had to back in for yesterday. No biggie. The whole thing has been annoying and minorly painful. And I was pretty terrified!
For one tooth you should be just fine!
Post # 12
Thank you all for reassuring me!! I have not been told anything about pain meds yet. Will they just give me the prescription the day of?
Post # 13
Just had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed last Wednesday and I’m still here 🙂 Just make sure you follow the intructions and they gave me a siringe to make sure the areas are clean.
Post # 14
I had all 4 of mine out last Friday. I was terrified of the anesthesia, but it wasn’t so bad. They usually use twilight anesthesia, which means that you’re not completely “under” and are able to breathe on your own. The nurse told me beforehand that it was her job to monitor me during the procedure to make sure I’m ok.
I also have a partial dry socket, which hurts but is definitely not the worst pain I’ve had. Just take it easy for the first two days and you’ll be back to normal.
They’ll give you the prescription for pain meds (and probably antibiotics) the day of your surgery. Make sure to rinse with warm salt water after you eat for the first few days – it really helps!
Post # 15
I was giving Ibuprofen (way stronger than why you buy normally) and Percocet. They said to try not to use the Percocet, and I didn’t. We had to stop at the pharmacy on the way home to get them filled.
They did not put me on antibiotics.
And I was under general anasthesia. I don’t remember a second of it. They put the IV in, and I woke up lying in a comfy reclined chair.
Post # 16
@carly20: Anesthesia really, really scares me. I spent about an hour today googling what people say when they are coming out of anesthesia! I have to have a laparoscopy for endo & a tipped uterus and I’m TERRIFIED I’m going to say or do something really inappropriate. Some of these people say the craziest things!
Good luck! I’m sure you will be fine!!