Dentist and patient in dental chairQuestion: Are there any precautions in using anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction?

Answer: Yes, there are several things that you must remember in having your wisdom teeth removed and one is all about the anesthesia used in the procedure. But of course dental procedures have improved as time has passed and nowadays there are safe practices that will prevent any complications of using anesthesia in dental procedures.

Why use anesthesia at all?

First of all, tooth extraction is a very painful procedure and so patients need to be anesthetized to reduce pain. Second, wisdom teeth extraction is completely different from your usual tooth extraction since you are removing the third molars which have been known to be more resilient and definitely more painful and stressful compared to other teeth. Anesthesia will numb the area to facilitate easy extraction of teeth; it will also help calm the patient in an otherwise scary dental procedure.

What are important precautions of using anesthesia in dental procedures?

  • Before a wisdom teeth removal or any dental work for that matter needs a complete allergy report. Having allergies can cause severe reactions with anesthesia; people with asthma must also tell their dentists about their condition to be able to find the most suitable plan as well.
  • If you have a medical condition, talk to your dentist and your doctor beforehand. Ask for a medical clearance from your doctor that you have been permitted to undergo wisdom teeth removal.
  • Wisdom teeth may be removed one by one or three to four teeth in one procedure. And since this is a very long procedure, you may require more anesthesia compared to other regular extractions and dental procedures.
  • The length of time that you will experience the effect of anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction will vary depending on the kind used. Just like any dental extraction, you will feel drowsy after the procedure is over and thus you will need extra care once the extraction is done.

Important things to remember immediately after extraction

You need to be accompanied by a relative or a friend after the wisdom teeth extraction is over. You may experience drowsiness and thus may not be able to drive or commute home. You should also take a leave from work especially when you operate heavy machinery since the after effects of anesthesia may affect your judgment and concentration.

The usual precautions are observed after the procedure; you should not smoke or drink alcohol hours or even days after the procedure to improve wound healing, reduce swelling and prevent bleeding. If you have a prescription for pain and antibiotics, makes sure you take these on the prescribed time.  Eat soft and cold foods and do not chew on the operated site.

The effects of anesthesia will be over after several hours. Concerns about the side effects of the anesthesia used for wisdom teeth extraction should be consulted to a dentist before the procedure.

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