When your dentist told you your wisdom tooth needed to be extracted, what was the first thing that came into your mind? You must have heard family and friends tell you stories about how painfully excruciating the process was. The thought of the pain must have caused you panic. As daunting as it may have sounded, wisdom tooth removal is a standard process that dentists in Manly have done more than once in the past. They offer anesthetic options and at Sydney Road Dental Care; we make sure you know your options and the benefits of each one.
Have you heard of sedation dentistry? It is the practice of dentistry used to help people who have fear or anxiety over dental treatments. Young and old alike can avail of the benefits of sedation dentistry. The practice uses medications to help patients relax so that the dentist can perform the corrective dental procedures without their patients feeling uncomfortable. Not only does the use of medication help manage the feelings of anxiety and fear, but dentists are also able to perform the procedure well without delay.
In most instances, even with the use of sedatives, the patient remains conscious all throughout the procedure. However, with the help of the medication, they feel calmer and more comfortable during the procedure. In some cases, especially with children that have a deep fear of dental procedure, the medication puts them to sleep while the dentist can perform the procedure minus the tantrums and the crying. Some dentists opt for the use of deeper levels of anesthesia depending on the situation so that the patient does not remember anything about the procedure at all.
The extraction of the wisdom tooth may be similar as that of any other tooth. It may be considered a relatively simple procedure. In fact, at Sydney Road Dental Care, we mostly use the local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding the tooth that needs to be extracted. After a bit of work done around the surrounding gums, the tooth is removed, and all is well. However, the case of the wisdom tooth is different. Since it is located at the back of the mouth, there is not enough room for it to come out correctly that’s why it usually comes out as impacted.
The extraction of the impacted teeth requires a bit more work. It may take the removal of some bones and gum tissue as well. And since the procedure is a bit more complicated, dentists recommend the use of sedatives. Anesthesia will not only help keep the patient calm throughout the procedure, but it will ensure that the dentist can get the extraction done with very minimal to no distractions at all. If you are not sure what type of anesthesia to use, don’t hesitate to ask us. At Sydney Road Dental Care, we want to make sure our patients understand the medications they are given so that they can manage their expectations as well.