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Old 04-16-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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Wisdom teeth extraction, scared....

I am having my wisdom teeth pulled next week and will have conscience sedation with halcion and laughing gas with novacaine.

The office is making me wait till the day of to watch the informative video and sign a release form. They told me it would gross me out to watch too early.

I am scared to do this. What if it hurts my nerve? Will I be nervous with the sedation, will I feel pain? Will it hurt when they pull it out? I hate needles, and the thought of them doing this just makes me cringe.

Please help.

 
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
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Re: Wisdom teeth extraction, scared....

Yeah, still here. I am taking hydracodone for pain right now along with ibuprofen and penicillin to help fight a cyst behind one of them. One of my wisdom teeth they have to cut some gum and some bone to remove it. They are both out. Scared still. I hope the halcion and laughing gas really makes me trip balls here because I don't see any other way this is going to work....

 
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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I'm in the same boat as you, bud. I'm kind of nervous too, and it'll get worse before the procedure. Don't worry about it, we just have to show up, get knocked out, and wake up. Anything that happens after that, we deal with it.

"If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then also there is no need to worry."
- The 14th Dalai Lama

 
Old 04-16-2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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Re: Wisdom teeth extraction, scared....

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I am having my wisdom teeth pulled next week and will have conscience sedation with halcion and laughing gas with novacaine.

The office is making me wait till the day of to watch the informative video and sign a release form. They told me it would gross me out to watch too early.

I am scared to do this. What if it hurts my nerve? Will I be nervous with the sedation, will I feel pain? Will it hurt when they pull it out? I hate needles, and the thought of them doing this just makes me cringe.

Please help.
I am strongly recommending against wisdom tooth extraction unless you absolutely need it. This is because I had a rather severe complication.

Are they causing you pain? Impacted? Infected?

 
Old 04-17-2008, 05:43 AM   #5
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I'm in the same boat as you, bud. I'm kind of nervous too, and it'll get worse before the procedure. Don't worry about it, we just have to show up, get knocked out, and wake up. Anything that happens after that, we deal with it.

"If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then also there is no need to worry."
- The 14th Dalai Lama
In my case, after I woke up, I realized that something had happened and one of the biggest problems for me was that I was left on my own to 'deal with it'. I had absolutely no idea at that time what the true symptoms of a nerve injury were. I had only been pre-warned that I might be 'numb' for some weeks or months if the nerve was touched or damaged.

So, I was more terrified post-surgery than before, in more pain, experiencing a multitude of symptoms only one of which was numbness, and I was searching the internet for answers about nerve injuries or just to find anyone else who was in the same situation.

You're right that many people go through wisdom tooth extractions with little problem..but there are also those (of all ages) who have had oral injuries result which, and I know from personal experience, can be life changing.

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck...be positive but also be informed, ok? And I hope everything goes smoothly for you...here are some things I've learned that we can do as patients to be more informed and that might help ease some fears that we might have...

1. Be fully informed of the risks involved in the procedure. Ask questions. Ask what the dentist or OS will try to do to avoid injuring the oral nerves either from injections or during the extraction.
2. Ask if there are alternatives to having the tooth extracted...i.e. is conservative management an option? Is this procedure absolutely necessary?
3. Be sure that the dental professional is experienced in wisdom tooth extractions. Ask how often he or she has had patients with complications from wisdom tooth removal in the past.
4. Ask what the level of post care would be given if there happens to be complications.

 
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...The office is making me wait till the day of to watch the informative video and sign a release form. They told me it would gross me out to watch too early.

I am scared to do this. What if it hurts my nerve? Will I be nervous with the sedation, will I feel pain? Will it hurt when they pull it out? I hate needles, and the thought of them doing this just makes me cringe.

Please help.
Mike..imo, these are all questions you need to ask your dentist before you have your wisdom teeth out. They are excellent questions and, as a patient, you deserve answers.

I can't believe the office is making you wait until the day of your procedure to view the information video! When will you have time to ask any questions if you can't view it until then? How much time will you have to read the release form? Maybe if you had been given the opportunity to watch this video and given the chance to ask your questions at your last appointment, I wonder if you wouldn't be feeling as nervous right now and needing answers to questions? Is your dentist aware of your fears and concerns and, if so, has he/she explained what they will do to help you through the procedure?

 
Old 04-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #7
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Well, if there's a problem then you do something about it. If a person's wisdom tooth is causing them pain, and the pain will only get worse, and in the end it could permanently mess up that person's other teeth, then it's a problem that needs to be solved. So therefore, taking out the wisdom tooth has its risks, but it is the lesser of two evils. The oral surgeons know this, which is why they do it. If we have negative results from the procedure then that is that. We do our best to prevent this by going to an experienced doctor. If you want to get to work then you drive a car. Driving a car has its risks too, but if you have to do it then you do it, just be aware.

 
Old 04-20-2008, 04:00 AM   #8
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Hi, thanks for responding. You have all wonderful suggestions.

This morning I woke up again in pain from my wisdom tooth that has the cyst behind it. It is my own fault that the cyst developed and that I am even in this position. I should have had it removed eight years ago as a teenager. Now, the cyst has formed. My general dentist said it will just keep growing. The procedure should not take any more than an hour. Quite honestly, as I laid in bed listening to the quietness around me, I wondered to myself how much worse it really could be than it is now. Even with nerve damage, in my circumstance, if I don't get it removed, then I risk the cyst growing more and also I risk the daily pain increasing. This is what I felt in the still of early morning hours. Now when I take my pain medication, the hydrocodone and ibuprofen will again take away my pain, and make me not care. Heck, I might even laugh and have a delayed response to the world around me, not really even caring that this Friday, April 25, 2008, I will have faced my fears of this procedure and no longer have this problem again. Please keep me in Prayers, I am squirming inside.

 
Old 04-20-2008, 04:23 AM   #9
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'Squirming inside' is pretty normal I think...you're nervous, and that's ok. If you have a cyst forming near a wisdom tooth, then that is a good reason to have it removed! I'm glad your pain from that tooth will be over soon .

I just read your first post again on this thread. Can I ask what made you decide to have all of your wisdom teeth out at the same time? Is it an option for you to have just the one with the cyst removed at this time...and go back to have the others taken out if that's what you've chosen to do? I've learned that not all wisdom teeth develop problems over the years and can last 'forever'..with regular maintenance and monitoring like your other molars.

Remember, because of your age there are better 'odds' that you won't have nerve damage. Did your dentist show you the x-ray of your wisdom teeth? When mine was xrayed the OS could see how close the nerve was to the roots of the wisdom tooth. Hopefully, he did everything he could do to avoid damaging the nerve...but it happened nevertheless. I was in the 'not so good' odds category, I guess. I'm 55.

I'm glad the pain meds are helping...try to do something today to take your mind...watch a good action movie? Visit friends who make you laugh? Listen to music fullblast?

Take care and keep in touch, k?

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Old 04-21-2008, 07:23 AM   #10
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haha, I'm having mine done Friday too, 8 am. maybe we can encourage each other.

 
Old 04-22-2008, 09:56 PM   #11
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I am the biggest baby in the world!! when my wisdom teeth were acting up i waited 3-4 yrs because i was sooo afraid to go to the dentist. Well as you know the pain gets worse and worse never better. After many many trips to the local er for antibotics and pain meds i thought how much worse could it be to get them pulled(having my children hurt less). I made the apt and went in a few days later. I had to pee every 5 seconds before my turn..lol I had the twilight sedation got all 4 wisdom teeth plus a molar pulled. I felt tugging but no pain, but it was the best pain relief ever. If i would have known ahead of time that it was going to be soo easy i would have done it yrs earlier instead of suffering in all that pain. I know its hard but do not dwell on it. Keep your mind busy with other stuff. Good Luck i wish you the best.

 
Old 04-23-2008, 07:09 AM   #12
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement, and good luck to the one getting his pulled as well. I had another appointment yesterday and had a filling and a temporary crown with core buildup from a previous root canal. The only bad thing is I have to wait till early May to get my permanent, they are having a specialist make it in Texas. The receptionist forgot to tell the dentist that I didn't need to have my wisdom tooth filled (woops) and he did it but told her not to charge me for it, since it was his fault. I still have sensitivity to hot and cold on the fillings he did last week, and I think I am going to go back after I get my new insurance to get a root canal done on both.

Anyways, I had 35-40 mg of valium (can't remember) within 4 hours before the operation, and 3.75 mg of hydrocodone to top it off. I think it calmed me down for once, and the gas put me over the edge. I had to take off my undershirt and wear my short sleeve during the drilling, I was sweating. I wear an undershirt because I work at a meat packing plant that slices meats for Subway, Wal-mart, and Costco. I run the line that slices the subway roast beef :-)

Anyways, it's V-day minus 2 days. Friday is the big day. I hope that the halcion (triazolam) really works for me that day. Yesterday I kept taking more valium every 45 minutes until I began to actually feel something, and the 3.75 mg of hydrocodone helped me, too. I came home from the procedure and collapsed on the living room floor, it was funny :-) It was the gas that really did it, though :-)

Anyways, I am taking .175 mg of halcion (triazolam) before bedtime, and .250 mg of it before the procedure. My mom is also offering me some phenigren to help me not feel naseus or throw up, etc. I am contemplating taking it to accomodate the way my body reacts.

"The soul is willing, but the body is weak"

 
Old 04-24-2008, 08:59 AM   #13
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Last day of freedom

I am still nervous about all of this, but it has to happen. I am going to go to work today, get home at one in the morning, pop half of a halcion, and then in the morning around 8 take a whole one. I really hope this goes smoothly :-) I will post tomorrow after I'm wisdomless :-) God will protect me from nerve damage.

 
Old 04-24-2008, 10:51 PM   #14
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Good luck : )

 
Old 04-25-2008, 07:12 AM   #15
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Hi...just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and wishing you both well...I hope everything goes smoothly with your extractions...let us know how you're doing as soon as you feel up to getting back to the computer...

Charlotte

 
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