What kind of sedation would I get for wisdom teeth extraction? Three of my wisdom teeth are impacted, and I put off getting them removed. They are hurting more than ever, and I know I will have to do something soon. I’m afraid of any surgery, and I hate dental visits. When I saw my dentist almost two years ago, she told me that wisdom teeth need extracting. She said I would have sedation, but I also hate the thought of being out of it and not in control or not knowing what people are doing to me. Will a dentist ask me what type of sedation I want (I am not even sure about that), or do they just give every patient the same thing? I am worried about having too much sedation, but not enough sedation is scary, too. I’m sorry for rambling. Thank you. Colby from GA
Thank you for your question. We understand that many patients have dental anxiety, so you do not need to apologize for your concern.
What Type of Sedation Is Used for Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Most impacted wisdom teeth extractions only require a moderate level of sedation with conscious or IV sedation. The American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons confirms that moderate sedation is preferred for impacted wisdom teeth extraction.
How Age Affects Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Our jawbone is somewhat pliable when we are young, and tooth roots do not have as much solidified connective tissue anchoring them in the jawbone. So, wisdom tooth extraction is easier for a dentist or surgeon. As we age and the jawbone becomes more rigid, extractions can take longer. But a skilled dentist or oral surgeon can perform the extraction easier than a dentist with limited experience.
Reasons Other Than Pain to Extract Wisdom Teeth
Although impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, other reasons to extract them include:
- Teeth that will not erupt properly trigger a gum infection
- Infection can spread to nearby teeth
- Impacted teeth can move other teeth and create misalignment issues
Schedule a Consultation
We recommend scheduling a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss your concerns about wisdom teeth extraction and sedation. Understanding the process and getting clear explanations can help some of your anxiety. And sedation will help you remain calm throughout the procedure.
David Finley, DDS of Monroe, LA, sponsors this post. Dr. Finley is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.