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Pre-Wisdom Teeth Surgery Jitters

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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
In less than two weeks I get my wisdom teeth taken out all 4 and it has to be like that. I'm glad I have anistesia, but I've never had sugery (They consider it sugery)and I'm increadably nervous. Anyone have any advise. Everyday it comes closer I get more and more anxious.
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ArtLover25 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I had mine out when I was 16- all four were severely impacted.
I had friends who were awake during their surgery and were numbed. I told the oral surgeon that I didn't want to remember a thing, and so they knocked me out completely. I would not have been able to handle watching the dentist pull out my teeth, even if it didn't hurt. I knew I'd freak out.

I remember they gave me the shot and said "you can start counting backwards from 100." I said "Okaaaay... zzzz..." and the next thing I remember is the dentist handing me a plastic bag with my teeth and telling me everything is fine. It literally felt like a second had gone by between going to sleep and waking up.

I'm sure everyone is different, but I didn't feel any pain and was starving because you aren't supposed to eat before the surgery. I went home a ate a bagel. :-D
Granted, my mouth did bleed a lot for a day or two, which was gross, but I didn't care- I was starving which I'm sure made things worse, but oh well. I kept rinsing my mouth out and after a day or two I was fine. I didn't even swell up or anything. It was a very easy procedure for me, but I also had a very good oral surgeon.
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OmicronWanderer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the best advice:

don't fret. I've had all four of mine taken out as well. when I woke up I asked when the anethasia was going to take effect.

needless to say all the nurse chucked about that. the annoying part was the gauze in my mouth and the taste of blood. by the second day I really didn't need any painkillers but took them anyway.

you are going to want soft foods to eat. chicken noodle soup is great so long as it is just noodles. don't try chewing until 3-4 days after surgery it will hurt a bit.
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Innocent-malice Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had mine cut out a year and half ago. It wasnt bad at all. You go there, lay down, they put you to sleep and then you wake up. As long as you stay clean and do what they tell you for aftercare it shouldnt be too bad. my brother didnt follow what they said and he was in a lot of pain through a week or so, while I just had really bad pain on the first day.

Also, if you are not afraid of it, its kind of fun making blood drip from your mouth.
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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I can't take blood
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Innocent-malice Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You get gauze then and that should soak it up :D Everyone wins.
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NatalieBee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Just don't look at the gauze when you take it out. . . I didn't think I'd faint but I did :dead:
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Innocent-malice Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? I actually expected it all to be much worse...Like, my mouth was full of blood for 3 hours worse.
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NatalieBee Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I really didn't bleed that much at all, I used gauze for maybe about 2-3 days but it never overflowed or anything. It was just the first time taking it out that I died a little
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Innocent-malice Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? I dont even thinking I bled a day...but he had cut them out from the sides instead of the top so maybe that helped.
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I had all four done last year. In general, once you go under it's pretty much smooth sailing from there, but I would recommend having an MP3 player with your favorite music/poetry/audiobooks/etc. if you're nervous about the going under part, so you have something to focus your mind on until it's done with.
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I had all four of mine taken out two years ago. It went fine and I was recovered compleatly in just a month.
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meggierenee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had all 4 out about 2 years ago. I was pretty nervous, too, but it was all for nothing. I was put under as well and it made it feel like no time had passed. I remember they put in the IV, asked me how I was feeling, and then I woke up and it was done. They gave me pain killers afterward, but I don't even think I used them. It was a very easy procedure with very little pain. You'll be fine! :) Take care!
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NatalieBee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I went through the same thing, and I had never even had a cavity before. It was my first surgery so they put me under.

You'll feel better if you prepare ahead of time by buying soft foods to eat, like yogurt or applesauce. Get some ice cream or popsicles to help keep the inflammation down in your mouth. ALSO: make sure you can safely take the pain medication they recommend for you. I found out that the kind they provided for me made me vomit. Stick with what you know works for you, but I actually didn't have that much pain or swelling. And take advantage or having had surgery! Getting your wisdom teeth removed is the BEST excuse for sleeping the day away, napping was my best medicine :nod:

Chances are they'll use stitches that slowly dissolve, so you won't have to return to have them removed. They don't hurt, but they get annoying when they start to come out--you'll just spit out little bits of plastic :/
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Estherrulez Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I was also extremely worried when i got mine removed, and it wasn't general anesthesia - but i still fell alseep/unconscious whatever and felt nothing. What really was painful afterwards was to eat nothing but yogurt for a while, i lost like 5lbs x'D Now i've got no scars, nothing. You're gonna be fine. Your doctors know what you're doing.
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Estherrulez Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what THEY'RE doing. ah ah xD but doctors know everything anyway. 'nuff said. >.>
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BeeSull Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Eek! I had my wisdom teeth out surgically too. They were VERY impacted.

My only advice would be, don't stress it too much. Yeah it will hurt a little and you'll probably be tired from all the medicine... BUT it's a legitimate reason to lay on the couch all day and watch talk shows. You'll also have your family at your beck and call to fetch you whatever food you find you can eat. The pity is great! Milk it! It won't be that bad!

Oh, and do what your doctor tells you! Keep your mouth clean!
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Armonah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I had mine under local anesthesia, and had them removed in two turns: first on one side, and a month or so later on the other. I was pretty damn scared of going myself as well, but it's honestly not that bad. The procedure took about ten minutes, and the surgeon was super nice. And you're completely going under, so you don't even have to deal with the actual surgery.

After having the teeth on one side removed I followed the surgeon's instructions down to the letter and everything healed as planned. The pain isn't that bad, but I did have to take a pain killer before going to sleep the first three days after the surgery, because it was still bad enough to distract you from falling asleep. But again, it's not really a big deal. I was able to go to work the next day (both times) and the swelling wasn't even that bad - though the bruising that followed after about a week was noticeable.
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It hurts a bit for a couple days, but with pain mess it's not that bad. The surgery itself is fine, it's like taking a really nice nap. I woke up a bit during mine and even that wasn't that bad (you can't feel anything and fall right back asleep if that happens). Don't worry about it, just follow the post surgery instructions and have fun squirting water in the holes. :hug:
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
*pain killers. Damn autocorrect.
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CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional
Dude, chill yourself. When I had mine out, I remember taking the gas... I made a dumb comment to the dentist that it smelled like oreos... next thing I know I'm on my couch at home, hours later. You won't notice anything.
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aspacecowboy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
the doctor will tell you how rough your recovery will be by the script you get for pain killers. More than a few serious pain killers, and you have a bad situation, but most people don't get that.

If if is really bad, only one jaw will hurt. Your brain can only process so much pain at once, so getting them both done at once is the way to go.
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der-freishutz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
you have no say in it, so why worry? Its not like you can change it by worrying. watch 300, that always makes me feel better about a situation like that.
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I got all my wisdom teeth removed at once. I got set up in the chair, they gave me the anesthesia, and next thing I know, I'm awake again without my wisdom teeth. It's no big deal, and if you're getting them removed because they caused a lot of pain, you'll feel a bit better afterwards.
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Estrago1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I had my wisdom teeth taken out two at a time, so I've been through it twice, and it was nothing at all. First, they gave me 4 types of drugs and anesthetics: nitrous oxide, an IV drip, Novacane, and Vicodin for after the surgery. Best stuff in the world, especially that nitrous oxide.

The surgery itself was a breeze. I fell asleep and they did their operation, and then I woke up. The first day, I couldn't feel my mouth, so there wasn't much pain. When I got home, I took some of the Vicodin, put an ice pack on my jaw, and slept. Personally, there wasn't a lot of pain. For the first couple of days, you'll need to eat cool, soft foods and rinse your mount out twice a day (they may tell you to do it more often) with salt water.

After the first week or two, the pain starts to gradually go away. It starts off as a dull pain, like your jaw is bruised, and slowly goes away. After the first week or two (I think), you can start eating soft foods like eggs and soups, and from there, it's smooth sailing. For the first month, the main thing is keeping the stitches free of food. They'll probably give you a syringe that you can fill with salt water to clean them out periodically.

Don't fret about the surgery; it's the easiest part, and they give you the best drugs xD Just follow the doctor's instructions after the surgery and you'll be golden. And bring your iPod or MP3 player to the surgery; utilize that high they give you to the fullest extent xDD
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Kazali Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had two extra wisdom teeth (for a total of six) and they removed five all at once. I was scared shitless, but I actually felt very little with the anesthesia, and that was only local (they didn't put me asleep). Every once and awhile I would feel some pressure as wiggled a tooth free, but there wasn't any pain. They sewed me up and I was done in an hour and a half. I didn't start feeling swollen and in pain until a couple hours later, and once I took a Vicodin that was gone too. That happened about two weeks ago, and I'm perfectly fine now.

The best thing you can do is be assertive. If you feel any pain, even a little, make sure you tell the surgeon, because they don't want you to be uncomfortable. Anytime you feel like you can't take it, tell them to stop and they will. Also, bring a MP3 player and plug yourself in so you won't have to hear any of the drilling - that alone might freak you out. Music will keep you distracted. :)
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I had two impacted and all four taken out at once. I woke up in a dim room with other passed out folks in beds nearby. Kinda freaky, tbh. They gave me pain meds post-surgery but they were so strong I could barely function. I stopped taking them the first day as I'd rather be awake with a bit of pain than be unable to make it to the bathroom. :P

Keep up with the salt water rinse post-surgery. Don't eat anything super sticky (peanut butter, caramel, etc) or anything that needs suction (straws with smoothies/shakes) as the pressure can pop your scabs open. (Never happened to me, but heard it's possible.)

Good luck with your surgery!
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Scyoni Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You never know how it's going to work out. I was totally freaked out when I had to have it done! (I'm terrified of needles - forget full on surgery XP ) But I went in, counted backwards from 10 (and didn't reach 0 before the anaesthesia kicked in). When I woke up my mouth was a little sore, but it didn't swell up and it really didn't hurt much either. Just poof - four teeth gone.

You might be lucky like that. ;) Just stay positive and follow any instructions they give you about what to eat and how to treat everything afterward, and you ought to be fine.
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Svataben Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd much rather be all out than just partly sedated.

Think of it this way: You go to sleep, and when you wake up the thing is over. Easy peasy!

Advice: Tell the nurses you're nervous, and if you feel like it, ask them to talk you though it. They're trained for this, and are usually very good with holding hands, calming, and reassuring.
(I'm unlucky and clumsy. I have experience with getting operated on. :lol:)
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Svataben Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*though -> through.
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OpalMist Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Nothing to be too worried about. You'll just be rather sore and chipmonk-y for the next few weeks. You'll have pain meds you can take, which help.
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TheTuscany Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I was in the same boat as you when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I was nervous through the whole thing, that is, until I was knocked out cold with the IV meds. You don't feel anything during the surgery, you shouldn't wake up during it and if you do (like I did) it will be very brief and you wont understand what's going on until afterwards. I had very mild swelling and no pain after the surgery because I followed all of my surgeon's directions and took everything slow. I was fully recovered (eating whatever I pleased) within a week/week and a half and never had to use pain meds after the surgery. Just try to be calm until you're meded up and after that it will all be over.
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KingStephenArthur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Photographer
wisdom teeth was my first time with anesthesia. There really isn't much advice to give other than it really isn't that bad. And I have extreme anxiety. you're out before you know it and you wake up as if nothing even happened.

When you wake up sometimes it can be really fun/funny coming out of the anesthesia. I was hitting on my dentist apparently thought I don't remember it. and my friend told me on the car ride home with his mom he started crying because she wouldn't go buy him a donut hahah!
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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Ha that sounds like something I might end up doing. I have extreme anxiety too, and the anesthesia part does scare me, but not as much now thank you
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SewLolita Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
I had it done... the idiot sewed my gum to my cheek. (um, this is VERY rare... this dude was fired for incompetence for something else 6 months later) it barely hurt at all, though... and once it was all healed up (even though it took longer because I had to pull the stitches out before my cheek healed to my gum... it felt soooo much better afterwards than having my wisdom teeth messing with me :P
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Emberling Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I was terrified to get my wisdom teeth out, that was my first surgery too. It's actually not that bad. They gave me laughing gas first to calm my nerves, then they put me under and I woke up feeling groggy, but it all went pretty well. A word of advice, though, be sure to do everything they tell you afterward. I didn't rinse with saltwater and ended up getting an infection, which is no fun. So keep your mouth as clean as possible for a week or so after the surgery, and it should be fine :)
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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
YUCK I hate doing the sald water rinse but if it helps thank you. This is also my very first surgery
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Emberling Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Believe me, you'll hate an infection more. I didn't like the saltwater either but the infection caused my face to swell up for about a week. That's rare, though, I'm sure your surgery will go fine. Good luck!
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angelxxuan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Writer
they do give you something for the pain, so after the medicine wears off it's all good, you take this pain pill and you're able to go on. if you don't get your wisdom teeth removed there's complications there as well. I still got mine, they are annoying sometimes and painful at others. and you'll do just fine, surgery isn't all that bad, now if you're going for something really complex then worry, but most times people do just fine with the stuff they use to put you under to perform the surgery so no stresses
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IMDSound Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Don't be nervous! Once they inject you with the anesthetic, try to count to ten. Before you even reach six you're surgery will be done and you'll be awake and well! It's painless (the actual surgery, but afterwards it might ache).
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signsofortune Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Do not worry. I never had my wisdom teeth removed but I did have surgery. You go to sleep and then you wake up. I don't remember anything. Nor did I feel any pain. :D
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
All I remember was a needle and then waking up.
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fluffpuffgerbil Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had it done about ten days before my 14th birthday.

I was terrified at first, but it was fine. It hurt a lot less than I thought it would afterwords. All I remember from after the surgery was waking up, blank, getting into the car, blank, laying on the couch, blank, going to bed, being forced to drink antibiotics(which is honestly the worst part in my opinion), and then waking up the next morning. xD Very foggy.

It'll be fine, don't worry too much. =3
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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you everyone I feel much better now
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WatchHerFly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Just go for it. It'll be over before you know it!
I had mine out two years ago, and it wasn't that bad at all.

Though when they say don't suck anything through a straw or otherwise, they mean it. Just be a drooling fool for a few days. It'll all be good.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I had mine taken out at the start of the year... honestly you're going to be so zapped from the procedure you'll sleep through most of the discomfort for a couple days afterward. Stock up on applesauce, yogurt, and other soft foods like that because that's all you'll be able to eat for that time period too.
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sedonaandlilly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you. All of you. Hearing your experiences makes it a lot less scary.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Having my wisdom teeth removed was also my first/only surgery.

It was the best experience in a dentist's chair I've ever had, hands down.

Why? Because I fucking hate the dentist, for one thing. But wisdom teeth surgery was like this: sit down, nurse gives you needle, tells you to count backwards from ten, I recall briefly slipping into a dream about ice skating while still awake and giggling because of the absurdity of it and self consciousness of the fact that I was passing out, and then the next thing I knew I was waking up and the surgeon was telling me he was just finishing up (probably cleaning up) and I still couldn't feel anything. Then it was done.

Of course, the healing period is a bit annoying. You have holes in your mouth and my mom was very fond of rice at that time so they were always getting stuck in the holes, to the point where I would just let them fill up with rice while I was eating and clean it out when I was done and that was a strange feeling. You'll have to excuse yourself after meals for a few weeks or so in order to basically douche out the holes. Kinda gross, but not unbearable.
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Fairy-Red-Hime Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
You're lucky you're getting anesthesia. :grump: The most I got was having my entire mouth numbed, and I was awake during the whole process. It is scary, yes, but remember, just get in there, get it over and done with. A month from now you'll be laughing at how silly you were to be worried.
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nickdruminor Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i had it done years ago, and the pain I was feeling before the surgery was a lot less than any pain I felt afterwards. They put you to sleep, and even though you might feel raw for a few days afterwards, it will pass and you will feel fine.
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NudeDoctor Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
It's perfectly normal to be scared. Even though it's a really quick thing, which most people go through, everyone I've known was afraid.

I remember being terrified of getting mine out. I got even more afraid when I got there and they weren't sure why the anesthesia wasn't putting me to sleep... (Then again, I'm a "big" person, I guess. Maybe that stuff takes longer to have effect on larger or taller people.)
But once the anesthesia starts to work, you're out. Like, one second you're awake, feeling tingly and cold, and then you blink and you wake up with gauze in your mouth. It'll be over and you'll feel a little disoriented, because you won't really notice any passage of time.

Having all four out at once is for the best, though. As simple as the procedure is, you don't want to have to go through it twice.

Oh, and if they offer you a blanket, I say take the offer, even if you're not too cold. I ended up getting chilly after sitting there for a while. And the blanket can be comforting if you're nervous. (Maybe ask if you can bring one of your own, in case they don't offer them. Though I think most places that do any kind of dental work or surgery have them nowadays, since doctors are all apparently some kind of ice creatures, judging by how cold they keep those places.)
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