hi! i just had all four taken out 6 days ago.
i think they will have to remove your nails because they need to put a little clip on your finger to monitor your blood pressure or something. they made me remove my nail polish.
the anesthesia was actually pretty cool. i don't like needles, but after that i was asleep, and when i woke up i didn't remember anything. the surgery part was not bad.
you will regret not having someone to help you. my boyfriend helped me, because pain medication made me throw up all day, and i felt too bad to do anything myself. there will be a lot of bleeding the first day and you have to be very careful and keep changing the gauze so that a clot forms.
after the first day it gets easier, i didn't take anymore pain pills (they made me have terrible nausea). i just took antibiotics, and i was fine. i ate chicken broth, ice cream, and instant mashed potatoes.
the thing that bothered me the most was the taste and smell in my mouth. it is hard to clean it. you just have to drink a lot and deal with it, but after a few days you can fit a small brush in and gently clean the teeth. no gargling! you could dislodge the clot. cleaning your tongue also helps. and i bought a mouthwash without alcohol in it to gently rinse with.
the food got really boring after a while, so try to have a variety prepared. and do not take your pills on an empty stomach! you will get nauseous!
you should rent a lot of movies or books or a tv series because you will get bored.
and your face will swell up and look really silly for a couple of days.
but i am on the 6th day, like i said, and i have relatively no pain or swelling. i am getting my stitches out tomorrow. i am just still being careful because i don't want to risk getting dry socket, i hear that really hurts!
i requested to have all 4 out at once, because i didn't want to go through with it again! you can't eat much anyways, if your jaw is sore, so why prolong the agony? you will be happy it is over with!