If you're considering having your wisdom teeth removed, you may be wondering if it's possible to do so while under the effects of sedation dentistry. The answer is yes, and there are several options available to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Depending on your individual situation, you may be able to have your wisdom teeth extracted with oral sedation or general anesthesia. In some cases, local anesthesia may be sufficient. If oral sedation is an option, you'll be prescribed Halcion (triazolam) or Valium (diazepam) to take one hour before the procedure.
This will help you relax and may even make you feel drowsy or lightheaded. You'll still be able to respond to verbal instructions and gentle nudges from the dentist, but you may fall asleep during the surgery. Afterward, you'll need someone to drive you home since the medication will likely make you feel tired. General anesthesia is another option for wisdom tooth extraction. With this anesthetic, you won't be conscious during the procedure and will need someone to drive you home afterward.
This is usually only necessary if oral sedation isn't an option. Local anesthesia is often sufficient for wisdom tooth extraction. This involves numbing the area around the tooth with lidocaine and may also be used in conjunction with conscious sedation techniques such as nitrous oxide. The type of sedation used will depend on your medical history and level of anxiety. The timing of wisdom tooth extraction is also important. It's usually recommended that they be removed before or just after they erupt, which is typically between the ages of 15 and 19. If your wisdom teeth are deeply impacted, more sedation may be necessary. If you have any questions or concerns about having your wisdom teeth removed while under the effects of sedation dentistry, don't hesitate to speak with your dentist.
They can provide more information about the procedure and help determine which type of sedation is best for you.