Most people have their wisdom teeth removed at some point during late adolescence or early adulthood, and in some cases, patients even get wisdom teeth removal when they are much older. If your dentist has recommended wisdom teeth removal, you may be wondering what you need to do to prepare. Take a look at these tips. They will help you get ready for your oral surgery.
Decide on Pain Relief Options
Wisdom teeth are larger molars in the very back of your mouth. These teeth tend to have long roots, and extracting them can be a bit more involved than extracting other teeth in your mouth. Some patients are absolutely fine doing wisdom teeth removal with just a local anesthetic, but this procedure involves a lot of pressure, and it can be uncomfortable.
To make the process easier, you may want to talk with your oral surgeon about dental sedation. You can get a prescription for anti-anxiety medication that you take before your appointment so you are relaxed during the oral surgery. Alternatively, you can go under general anesthesia so you are “asleep” during the process.
Decide How You Are Going to Cover the Cost
You should also make a plan for covering the cost of your wisdom teeth removal. If your insurance policy covers this oral surgery, make sure your dentist accepts your plan and have the co-pay ready. If you are paying out of pocket, you may want to talk with the dentist about possible payment plans or financing options. As a general rule of thumb, the more medications you choose, the higher the final cost is likely to be so you may want to keep that in mind.
Arrange a Ride Home
If you do any pain relief besides a local anesthetic, you need to arrange a ride home. You cannot drive immediately after being under general anesthesia, and many oral medications reduce your ability to drive as well. You may want to bring a family member with you to the appointment. That’s generally easier than calling for a cab, and if the dentist prescribes any painkillers or antibiotics, you can easily stop by the pharmacy on the way home.
Give Yourself Some Recovery Time
If you need to, you can go back to work or school the day after your wisdom teeth removal procedure, but if possible, you should give yourself some recovery time. So that you’re ready, stock up your kitchen with some easy-to-eat foods to sustain you during your recovery. Depending on what you like, that may consist of smoothies, soups, ice cream, and any other foods that are soft and don’t require a lot of chewing. You may also want to get some books or movies so that you can really relax.
If you or your child needs wisdom teeth removal, contact Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry today. We are a cosmetic dentist located in Suwanee, GA. We provide a range of cosmetic procedures as well as general dental care and some oral surgery. Call us or make an appointment online today.