Thanks again for the responses. 2 days to go until the surgery! I was just told that I won't be completely "knocked out". I'm going to have some sedation that is going to put me in a twilight sleep. They said I won't remember a thing about the surgery when they are done. I will also be conscious and able to respond to the doctor. I'm a bit worried now because everyone who has responded basically said they were given a shot and in the blink of an eye they woke up and the surgery was over. With this sedation I don't think that will be the case. I just hope time doesn't drag during the surgery with this method!
Seriously, don't fret over this. Twilight sleep is IV sedation. You won't know a thing. The only reason they tell you you can respond is because you are not receiving a general anesthetic which would render you totally unconscious. You would have to be in a major OR for that in the hospital with a full OR team. It's just not necessary. With "Twilight sleep" if there was a fire you could walk out yourself but you probably wouldn't want to! LOL It works great. You won't know a thing, and it will be over before you realize it was started.
Many, MANY people have had this done the same way and I haven't heard of one having a difficult time with either nitrous oxide with novocain, or with the IV sedation.
Once they give you the IV, you'll just take a quick nap and when you wake up it will be over.
You will really be fine. You have an assistant attending to you at all times so you will be safe and the entire procedure will be over before you know it. Honest!!
GOOD LUCK and let us know how you do. We love success stories.
Yes, that's what twilight sedation is. You aren't deeply unconscious the way you would be under general anesthesia, but you are out. I've had twilight 4 times in my life (one for dental, three for other procedures) and all 4 times, the needle went into my arm, the drugs started flowing, and the next thing I knew, it was all over.
Well tomorrow is the big day! I'm getting more and more anxious as it gets closer and closer. I watched some videos on IV sedation and I find it weird how the patient can respond to the doctor during the surgery, but when it's over they don't remember speaking at all. Keep me in your prayers tomorrow and I'll give you guys an update once I get home. I called the surgeon and from start to finish the whole thing will take an hour and a half (from prepping me with the anesthetic, removing the teeth, and then recovery). I appreciate all your responses so far and I'm going to read them all again today to try and calm down!
Just got home and all I can say is WOW! The procedure went great and all that anticipation for a week was the worst part! All 4 teeth came out in what felt like 15 minutes however they said the procedure took over an hour!
My only concern at this point is that my bottom lip and chin area is a bit numb. My upper lip is fine and my jaw is fine. I wrapped ice around my whole face and they gave me percocet for later. So yeah basically is the numbness in the chin and bottom lip area normal and will it go away? I hope they didn't do any nerve damage :s.
Also, my mom helped me replace the gauze that was given to me during the procedure and it was full of blood. ON average, how many more times should I replace the gauze until the blood clots? I would appreciate the help.
Edit: For anyone who has not had this surgery yet, do NOT worry. I made the same mistake and was freaking out for weeks. It is not a big deal at all and the fear of the unknown/anticipation is the worst. The only tiny bit of pain was when they inserted the IV, but I'm not a needle phobic so it wasn't bad at all. I hope your procedure goes as well as mine did and you will be so happy once it is all over with!