Wisdom Teeth Extractions and Sedation

By Carol Waldman May 9, 2011

We have had a busy week filled with numerous wisdom teeth extractions. Wisdom teeth may require extraction not just in teens and young adults, but also well into adulthood, as our teeth are always moving and shifting and they can create unnecessary problems. Most wisdom teeth extractions are straight forward. A panoramic x-ray will identify where the teeth are, how they are coming in & whether extraction is the right course of action. There are several types of sedation a patient may opt for when having this surgery. Full sedation, Intravenous sedation is most often used for this procedure. The patient will generally sleep through the appointment and have very little or no memory of the visit. This sedation is administered by Dr. Waldman and monitored by a registered nurse, ensuring safety and comfort.Recovery of course varies with each individual. The day of the surgery there may be some discomfort and swelling. This is managed with ice and pain medication. The first few days after surgery will require a soft food diet and then it’s back to life as usual. The summer months tend to be busier for this type of procedure due to students being off from school, so if this is something you’ve been contemplating, give the office a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation for you.