The surgery to remove wisdom teeth is done in our office surgery center with the aid of intravenous sedation anesthesia. We start by placing sensors to monitor your vital signs; then we start an intravenous line and supplemental oxygen. It only takes about 30 seconds for the medication to work, and we won’t begin your procedure until you are comfortably asleep.
Some teeth are already exposed and more easily removed. For those that are impacted, an opening is made into the gum tissue and a small amount of surrounding bone is removed. The tooth can then be carefully removed. Sometimes dissolving sutures (stitches) are needed to close the wound. It takes about 30-45 minutes for the actual procedure.
When you have finished your treatment, you will awaken from the sedation rather quickly (It feels like only 3-4 seconds have elapsed). You will be comfortable since the area will be numb from the local anesthetic. Once you are stable and recuperating well you can return home, where you should keep your activity light for several days.
We will make sure you are comfortable during your recuperation. Most patients require prescription pain medication. There is often some swelling and stiffness of the jaw, and a soft diet for several days is advised. You can advance your diet to more normal foods after a few days as long as your comfort permits.
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