Well, I went in and had my wisdom teeth removed. Two were full bony impacted and one was partial bony impacted. The oral surgeon fought with me because he wanted me to be asleep, but eventually realized I was more afraid of going under than feeling pain from the procedure. He gave me a local anesthetic - not sure if it was novocaine or lidocaine. Whatever it was, it made my entire face numb. I felt like my face was huge, but of course it wasn't. The procedure lasted about 20 minutes. I didn't feel a thing, except when he pulled the two bottom ones out, it felt like all this pressure was taken off of my jaw. It was a great feeling! The noises weren't that bad at all. It sounded the same as when you get a cavity filled. So, if anyone has any fears of going under, Iíd say definitely just get the local. You can't feel a thing. Right now - 3 days later - I am feeling fine. I am a little swollen, but it's not that noticeable. I didn't take any pain medication today. I can't eat solid foods yet, but I figure by the end of this week I will be. Also, when it's over, ice your face all day and all night. I think that's why my face didn't get very swollen. Good luck to the rest of you getting them out!! It's not so bad.