Today we want to talk about a common problem that many of us face, namely the need to remove wisdom teeth.
And to give you some useful tips on how to make this procedure less painful for you.
Prepare yourself mentally
If you're reading this article, you've probably recently learned or are preparing for wisdom tooth removal surgery. And most likely, like most people, you are experiencing excitement. Regardless of your level of excitement, you need to prepare mentally before you visit the dentist.You need to have a plan in place to make sure you are ready.Read more about dental services
Surgery can be pretty scary, but if you take the time to mentally think through the whole scenario, you will feel much better. Overall the main thing you have to tell yourself is that you will be fine, you will get through it, people have their wisdom teeth surgically removed every single day.
Don't go for the laughing gas with a morphine go for the "Twilight Zone"
We don't want to scare you, but wisdom tooth extraction is a pretty painful process, the dentist cuts your gum and then removes the tooth that's underneath it. So you need a sedative to get you through it.
Laughing gas / morphine is one of them, and it's this type of medication that makes people do these awkward videos where they don't know what's going on after the surgery. It's all well and good if you want to be awkward, say weird things and maybe get famous on YouTube, but if you want a more normal and easy experience, go to the Twilight Zone.
"The twilight zone" is when they put an IV in your arm, and that IV is filled with a sedative that gently puts you to sleep, but you're not completely passed out, you're in the twilight zone. At this point, you're still responsive enough that if the doctor asks you, "Andrew, could you open your mouth a little bit more for me?" you can do that. But in doing so, you're in the twilight zone, so you won't feel or remember anything.
This is the route we recommend to most patients. After diving into the "twilight zone," you will have very faint memories of the dentist putting something in your mouth, and then you were like passed out.
You won't feel anything, and you'll come to your senses after the procedure, lying in the chair, and you'll be ready to go home.
Ask your doctor all the questions you can think of before your wisdom tooth removal surgery
You will have a consultation, meeting with the doctor who will be performing the surgery to go through all the different steps, while you are there meeting with the doctor, ask him or her all the questions that you can think of or that you are interested in. They are more than happy to give you the answers, plus it will make you feel better knowing that you have asked all the questions that are on your mind.
You might ask:
- Will you feel pain?
- What process would be like getting a sedative?
- How long will it take me to fall asleep or go into the twilight zone?
- How long does the surgery last?
- Can the surgery really only last 25 minutes?
Ask all of these questions to your doctor at your first appointment, it will help you feel more confident and relaxed.
Trust your doctor
Your doctor has done a lot of wisdom tooth surgery and before that they got their medical degree. He has studied and practiced for years to make this procedure automatic and it has always been a success.
So trust your doctor, know that you're in good hands and he's going to take care of you throughout your surgery.
Of course, this advice is only relevant if you have chosen a good clinic and an experienced doctor.Make an appointment with a dentist
It is relevant after you have successfully completed your wisdom teeth surgery and you are now recovering
At the beginning of the recovery process, rest as much as you can, take a couple of days off from work or school to rest and recover because there are now large openings in the back of your mouth and they need to recover and overgrow. So that you don't have any infections or anything strange getting in there, rest will help the injury and the holes in your mouth recover quickly.
Take a painkiller
Take Motrin for pain and swelling after your body is no longer numb from the medication you took during surgery, you will feel pain and swelling. Motrin is good because it is sold without a prescription. But your doctor may recommend or prescribe a higher dosage that will help reduce the swelling very quickly and take away the pain.
Some doctors also prescribe higher-level medications. For example, Vicodin, but you must remember that it is highly addictive, so it is better to stop with Motrin. Many patients only take Motrin for a few days after surgery, as the swelling and pain go away quickly and there is no need to continue taking the pills anymore.
Learn to love mashed potatoes, jellies, and smoothies
After wisdom tooth surgery, you won't be able to eat and drink many different things, especially harder foods. So mashed potatoes, jellies, and smoothies are three things that doctors recommend eating for almost three days, so you better start loving them and getting used to them pretty quickly. That's the whole tip number seven, so hopefully you already like these three foods.
Follow the instructions you get from your doctor
After surgery, you will receive a paper in which there are many different instructions that you should follow after surgery to help you recover most effectively.
For example, some of these instructions would be:
- Do not chew the gauze wrap that is in your mouth for 30-45 minutes.
- Keep your head above your heart for the rest of the day. Keep fluid levels high in your body by drinking plenty of water.
- Don't smoke today.
- Do not drink through a straw for two weeks after surgery. Don't eat popcorn or nuts for three weeks while the depression site is healing.
Keep brushing your teeth, but do it very carefully
You've just had surgery on the back of your mouth where your gums have been cut and your toothbrush is a pretty tough item, so make sure you are very careful when you brush your teeth on the back of your mouth.
These were nine simple tips on how to go through wisdom teeth extraction painlessly and recover in no time.
We hope this material was helpful to you and that you will now go in for a wisdom tooth extraction with more peace of mind and confidence in a successful outcome.
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