Since most people opt for wisdom tooth removal, I found it important to share my personal experience with getting my wisdom teeth extracted. Hopefully, this will prepare you for your own wisdom tooth removal in the future.
What should you do before getting your wisdom teeth extracted?
The first and foremost thing you should know is that you shouldn’t eat or drink anything for six hours before the surgery. For this reason, it’s probably best to schedule your visit in the morning. However, this wasn’t so bad.
What happens during a wisdom teeth removal?
Due to my dental anxiety, I opted for both laughing gas and dental sedation. The laughing gas itself was very relaxing, and my anxiety and nervousness instantly came to an end. This should be relieving for anyone who is nervous about the surgery.
Because I was knocked out during the entire procedure, I didn’t have to see, hear, or feel the dental tools, which was relieving as the tools what were caused the majority of my nervousness to begin with. My sleep was so deep that I had no perception of time.
Even though the extraction was an hour-long procedure, it felt as if I had fallen asleep and woke up within a few minutes. It felt like nothing had happened.
Once you wake up from the procedure, you’ll feel tired and even a bit loopy from the laughing gas. Your mouth will also feel numb, which is nice, although, it was difficult to talk. I woke up with a piece of gauze in my mouth and was ready to head home almost right away.
What should you do after getting your wisdom teeth extracted?
Because I was in no condition to drive from the laughing gas and was advised not to drive for 24 hours afterward, my mom drove me home. However, after about 15 or 20 minutes, the laughing gas started to wear off. My mouth was still numb, luckily. I was told I wouldn’t feel pain for approximately five hours after the procedure.
Just as the surgeon told me, I started feeling pain after five hours. I was also told that the pain would be the most intense during the first six hours of pain, which it was.
It actually wasn’t as bad as I had expected, but it was still painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, I was prescribed Vicodin to reduce the pain post-surgery.
I was told that if I take this pill before the anesthesia wears off, the pain would be much less, which I had done. The Vicodin took a little over a half hour to kick in. I highly recommend doing this if you are prescribed pain medication.
Due to pain, swelling, and tenderness in the area where I had my wisdom teeth removed, I opted for liquids for the first few days after my surgery and very soft foods such as mashed potatoes and soups. For the first day, I had a sugarless fruit smoothie. I made sure not to use a straw because my surgeon advised me not to as the pressure from the straw could cause a dry socket (dislodgement of a blood clot).
Overall, my wisdom tooth extraction was easier to deal with than I thought. I appreciated the pain medication in addition to the ice to help numb the area and reduce the swelling.
I took an easy for the first three days especially, making sure not to participate in anything strenuous. After about a week or two, my mouth began feeling a lot better, and my mouth started to feel better than it did before I had my wisdom teeth removed. I felt functional again without the pain of my wisdom teeth.
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.