I'm 21 and I had all of my wisdom teeth removed in January and it turned out that the waiting and worrying were the worst parts. One of mine was impacted, the others had erupted. I wasn't really worried about the actual surgery itself; I knew I'd be asleep for that, and I was. (That IV sedation works quick, I don't even remember when I blacked out, but it was probably less than a minute after I got the IV). I was more worried about the pain and stuff afterwards, but that pain never came. I took the Vicodin they'd prescribed for me every 4 hours for a few days (the good thing about Vicodin is that it can be dissolved in water, which was good cause my mouth was so numb when I got home!). After a few days I switched to regular ibuprofen and tylenol. Just be sure to follow their pre and post operative instructions explicitly, like using the special mouthwash as directed, don't drink out of a straw, no eating popcorn, etc. The only discomfort (not pain) I experienced was a couple days before I had the dry socket protective packing removed, where there was a slight uncomfortable pounding in my bottom extraction sites, but when the packing was removed a week after surgery, that discomfort was gone. The packing is this floss-like material that they stuff into the holes after extraction that they usually remove 1-2 weeks after surgery. I'm not sure if everyone gets this packing, but I did, so I thought I'd mention it. Also, if you're on the birth control pill, (as I am, for acne and cramps) they told me there's a 40% more chance of developing dry socket (something to do with the hormones in the pill), all the more reason to follow their instructions. I never developed dry socket, luckily! I got to keep the teeth; they're now in a baby food jar (I lived on soft foods for two weeks after surgery, you should probably expect to do the same, depending on your recovery rate). Good luck with it all; it probably won't be as bad as you think.