Four Ways To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures and something many people go through in their late teens and early twenties. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that begin to develop in adolescence, though for some people they may never begin to grow at all. It isn’t a bad thing if wisdom teeth don’t develop. In fact, the reason that wisdom teeth removal is such a common procedure is that there is rarely room in the mouth to properly accommodate the teeth, leading them to grow in at awkward angles and potentially causing quite a bit of pain. If the wisdom teeth grow against the second molars, the pressure can not only cause pain but damage your other teeth. Any sort of surgery carries potential risks, and it’s normal to be anxious about the prospect. Here are five ways to prepare for wisdom teeth removal surgery. 

Take out your prescriptions ahead of time

It is common for patients who undergo surgery to have their wisdom teeth removed to be prescribed a short round of painkillers to use during recovery. The pain can be intense, especially in the first 24 hours after surgery, so it’s best to have the pain relievers picked up and ready to go when returning home from surgery. 

Have a ride home

One thing you don’t want to have to do after surgery is have to recover post-surgery before being able to drive home, so it is usually best (and safer) to make sure you have a ride back to your home from the oral surgeon’s office. If the procedure requires sedation, not just local anesthetic, having a ride home will be a necessity.

Take time off for recovery

Wisdom teeth removal has quite a short recovery period, and most people will only need a little bit of time to recover before they’re able to return to work or school like normal, but you will thank yourself for taking that time to rest and recover. When you’re out of it from pain medication and have trouble eating food, you won’t be able to 

Ask for sedation

Not all wisdom teeth removals require full sedation; for easier procedures, only a local anesthetic may be necessary. However, if you are someone who has a lot of fear and anxiety around dentistry and the thought of being awake and aware during the procedure is paralyzing to you, it may be a good idea to request full sedation for the procedure. If the surgery is complex or difficult enough, full sedation may be necessary regardless of preference. 

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