Having an extraction, even a wisdom tooth, is not that bad, really. I had my latest one out a few weeks ago and I didn't feel a thing. I was awake the entire time, but I did have nitrous oxide (laughing gas). I never have any dental work done without it. Anyway, the procedure went very well. I had an oral surgeon perform the surgery this time because my tooth was growing in sideways and had been erupted for several years. It was not only causing me pain at times, but it was causing decay on the tooth next to it so it had to come out. The only problem I had was "dry socket", which is what happens when you lose the natural blood clot that forms inside the socket. I was told this may happen because of how long the tooth had been erupted, and probably my age had something to do with it (I am 41).
But I'd had another wisdom tooth pulled about 2 months before this one and it came out with no problem at all. I had my regular dentist pull it.
It was also already erupted.
When you do decide to have them out, consider local anesthesia. It's cheaper and you really don't feel anything. As for the sounds you may hear, take along a walkman, I always do. You won't hear a thing.
[This message has been edited by kens4ever (edited 10-02-2003).]