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Wisdom Tooth Removal – Will I Go Under?

Wisdom teeth are your third molars that appear by the time you turn 18. These teeth often come out at an angle or remain impacted in the gum, causing them to become infected and inflamed over a period of time. Signs of infection include pain, swelling, redness at the affected site and in some cases fever and swelling of the lymph nodes.

Moreover, leaving impacted wisdom teeth in the lower jaw untreated and unchecked can lead to a very serious condition called, Ludwig’s Angina. This is a life-threatening connective tissue infection which attacks the floor of the mouth, usually occurring in adults. It may obstruct the airways and require the patient to undergo tracheotomy.

Wisdom teeth that serve no purpose or appear decayed beyond repair are removed through surgical extraction. In some cases if the tooth cannot be easily extracted without causing trauma to the patient or damage to the nerves, the dentist will refer the patient to an oral surgeon.

Keeping You Comfortable

If you’re afraid of wisdom tooth extractions, you ought to know that there are new pain control techniques like local anaesthesia, oral sedation, IV sedation and general anaesthesia that can help you. Unless you choose general anaesthesia, you won’t have to be entirely unconscious during tooth extraction surgery. On the day of the surgery, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the surgery site.

If you don’t want to be entirely unconscious, you could opt for IV sedation instead. IV sedation calls for the administration of sedative drugs through the veins. Doctors can change the dose of sedative that’s being administered at any time during the surgery. Instead of staying unconscious, you will feel calm and drowsy during the procedure. You might not be interested in what’s happening around you and you’ll come back to your normal self not long after the sedation is discontinued.

If you suffer from dental phobia, you could talk to us about taking general anaesthesia. With general anaesthesia on the other hand, you’ll have to wait for the effect to wear off and you might experience a few side-effects.

We’re Here for You

It doesn’t matter what type of procedure you’re coming in for. Rest assured, we offer you the best dental care in the Newtown area. To find out more about our services contact us online or call us on 02 9519 2691.

Must read: Wisdom Teeth – Do They Really Need to Come Out?

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