How to Reduce Your Anxiety about Wisdom Teeth Removal

How to Reduce Your Anxiety about Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many people feel anxious when told they need to have their wisdom teeth removed. While advanced techniques and tools make it possible for oral surgeons to minimize patients’ discomfort during and after the procedure, it’s understandable that many people still worry in the weeks and days leading up to their appointments. This could be particularly true of those who have never undergone oral surgery. They simply do not know what to expect from the experience.

In order to ease any fears you may have, it may be helpful to review certain key points. Keep the following tips in mind, and you’ll most likely feel much less anxious about your upcoming procedure. Additionally, you’ll be able to prepare for both the extraction itself and the subsequent recovery period.

 

Before Surgery

dentistDuring the initial meeting with your oral surgeon (as well as any additional appointments leading up to the surgery itself), you should ask questions about the procedure. You will likely feel much less worried about the experience if you have an opportunity to discuss your concerns or issues with your oral surgeon beforehand. Don’t hesitate to speak up. Remember that part of an oral surgeon’s job involves ensuring that you understand the procedure and are as comfortable as possible with it.

When meeting with your oral surgeon prior to your procedure, feel free to discuss any concerns that you may have. This is true even if you’ve already had some of your wisdom teeth extracted before. The nature of the procedure may have changed since then. Additionally, the specifics of the experience may vary depending on how many teeth are being extracted and how impacted they are.

Moreover, you can’t thoroughly prepare for surgery if you don’t fully understand the procedure. Thus, it is a good idea to ask your oral surgeon to explain the steps involved in the procedure. You might also want to know what kind of discomfort you may experience and what risk factors you have to worry about.

Your oral surgeon will understand that you may be nervous when you are preparing to have your wisdom teeth removed. Fortunately, with their help, it can be much easier to reduce any anxiety you may have about the procedure.

In addition, you should talk with your oral surgeon about sedation options during any meetings leading up to your procedure. Oral surgeons generally use either local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.

While every case is different—and you should always heed the advice of your oral surgeon—there are instances in which you can choose from various options when deciding on the degree to which you will be anesthetized during the surgery.

You may benefit from discussing these options with your oral surgeon. Again, you won’t always have a choice in this matter. However, in those instances when you do, knowing that you were involved in this key decision can help you to relax.

 

After Surgery

There are many factors that you must consider when you are planning to have your wisdom teeth removed. For instance, you may need to avoid eating for a certain amount of time before your procedure. Moreover, your oral surgeon may suggest that you wear loose and comfortable clothing. You will also likely need a friend or family member to drive you home from the clinic after your procedure, so you should try to make arrangements in advance.

In addition, there are several steps you should take to ensure that you have everything you need to stay comfortable and healthy as you recover. Since you’ll need to avoid solid food for a few days, you should stock your home with items such as soup or pasta. If your oral surgeon does not believe that any prescription pain medication is necessary, then you will still likely want to use an ice pack and/or over-the-counter painkillers to help manage any discomfort that you may experience after the procedure.

These are practical concerns that you may overlook. This is particularly likely to occur if you are anxious about the procedure. If you’re preoccupied with feelings of worry, it may be difficult to remember an oral surgeon’s instructions. Thus, you should stock up on needed foods and try to have a friend or family member available to provide support in the days after your procedure.