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Are You Awake During Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Up to eighty percent of people are told by their dentists that they should get their wisdom teeth removed. If you were told that and are trying to make the right decision, it is important to know that, if left alone, your wisdom teeth can cause you problems for the rest of your life.

If you decide to get oral surgery to get your wisdom teeth removed, you probably have a lot of questions. You might be wondering if you will be awake during your surgery. Unfortunately, this isn't always an easy answer. It depends on your wisdom teeth, your mouth, and your comfort with dental work. If your wisdom teeth are deeply impacted, you may need more sedation than you would if you weren't having any problems yet.

Here are some of the most common levels of anesthesia that may be considered for your surgery.

Local Anesthesia

If you have had a cavity filled or another form of dental work, you likely had some local anesthesia. You will be fully awake during your procedure but you won't be able to feel any pain. You may feel some pressure but it shouldn't hurt.

When you get local anesthesia, you will get an injection (or several) in the gum around the tooth. It takes a few minutes to take effect and then you should be able to have your surgery.

Afterward, you will be able to go home right away.

If you need a little more sedation than just a local, you may want to have some laughing gas. Nitrous oxide will just take the edge off so you are able to get the dental work done that you need.

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Sedation Anesthesia

Sedation anesthesia is found between laughing gas and general anesthesia. You will not be fully awake but you won't be totally asleep.

It is given IV and combined with local anesthesia so you won't be able to remember anything about your procedure. You won't feel any pain while you are sedated.

General Anesthesia

If your teeth are really impacted, your oral surgeon may recommend general anesthesia.

You will be completely asleep during your whole procedure so you won't feel any pain or remember anything about it.

You won't be able to go home right away. You will have to be awake and ready to go before you are released. You are going to be drowsy for several hours so you are going to need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a while.

Deciding which route to go may be scary but you should listen to your dentist and oral surgeon. If your surgery looks like it may be a little more complicated, it might be better for you to go under general anesthesia even though it may take you a little longer to recover. Dr. Bobst at Boise Oral Surgery will recommend which method is the best for your particular case during your initial assessment

Finding a Trust Oral Surgeon in Boise

At Boise Oral Surgery, we work hard to ensure everything you could possibly want to know, from the basics of oral surgery to why you might need it to how to pick the best surgeon to every step you need to take for a full and quick recovery is available on our website. At Boise Oral Surgery, we use the highest technology and the latest in surgical treatment to create the best and most successful experience for every customer.

You don't need to be afraid when you come to Boise Oral Surgery. With ten years of experience under his belt, Dr. Bobst will do everything in his power to help you get through that surgery and back to living life with the biggest smile you've ever had. If you're looking for the best oral surgeon in Boise, contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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