Hey, so I have to say I was really nervous before I got mine out too. But don't worry, it's such a common procedure, everything will be fine! And to answer your questions:
1) the procedure itself consists of the surgeon cutting open your gums to reveal the wisdom teeth, then either breaking them and pulling out the pieces, or pulling the whole tooth out.
2) the IV for me was the only uncomfortable part. For me they poked the needle on the inside of my arm, and it honestly did hurt. It was like a hard pinch, but it only lasted for a second.
3) yes, you wear tennis shoes.
4) it should only take 20-30 minutes.
5) recovery is different for everyone. For me I was unable to eat solid food or open my mouth completely for about a week. But I know someone who was totally fine the next day, there's no way to know how long you will take to recover.
6) NO, you definitely won't feel any pain right away. Once you wake up you will be tired and the numbness will cover up any pain. In fact the majority of the bottom half of your face will probably be numb for awhile.
7) like I said, you will be numb so your mouth won't feel like anything.
8) yes, whoever drives you to your appointment should be waiting for you when you're taken to the recovery room.
9) for me it was the arm, and I think that's how most people get it. But it all depends on the place.
10) YES, don't even worry about this. Trust me they give you plenty of the sedative to keep you passed out for the entire procedure. Most people don't even wake up completely until they've gotten home.
I'd love to share my personal experience! So I got my wisdom teeth pulled 2 summers ago, and I was pretty nervous too. I remember the night before I stayed up online reading all of these wisdom tooth stories. Bad idea, don't do that. Anyways, when I got there they sat me in the chair and gave me the IV in my arm. I don't even remember falling asleep but I was totally passed out, it just felt like I was taking a long nap. I then woke up in the chair and they walked me to the recovery room, where my mom was sitting there waiting for me. My mouth was completely numb, and I remember my chin was totally numb too, which was really annoying. But anyway we drove home and I felt fine, I wasn't sick or in pain or anything like that. I actually didn't feel any pain at al, the only thing that was really a problem for me was the bleeding. After you get home for the first few days you're supposed to keep cotton swabs in your mouth to help heal the area where the stitches are and absorb the blood. But mine bled for well over 3 days, not bad bleeding though. Another thing that took awhile to go back to normal was my jaw. It took about a week for me to be able to open all the way, but that's normal. The nice thing about my experience was that I didn't have any pain at all.
Just relax and take it easy. Do what the doctors tell you to do, and take your medicine. Oh, and make sure to not use straws for anything, I know it's tempting, but trust me don't do it.
It isn't as bad as you think, and remember its something you'll only have to go through once. I'm sure everything will go smoothly, just try and relax. It will be over before you know it, good luck!
· 7 years ago