Tips To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Considering having your wisdom teeth removed? It may not be at the top of your list, and not everyone needs this done, but your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend you have your wisdom teeth extracted. Anxiety can easily accompany the prospect of having your wisdom teeth removed, between fear of the dentist or having a serious dental procedure performed. Here are some ways to prepare and cope if you are feeling nervous about your wisdom teeth extraction.

Talk About It

Fear of the unknown can lead to unnecessary anxiety, and learning about the process of dental surgery may provide you with some mental relief. Consider speaking with your dentist or oral surgeon about your upcoming wisdom teeth procedure; an experienced professional can describe what to expect. You may also benefit from speaking to friends or family who experienced the process and recovery.

Ask About Pain Management Options

Your oral surgeon can offer you different levels of sedation depending on your procedure. Some procedures may simply require local anesthesia or laughing gas. More complex procedures may call for oral sedation or intravenous (I.V.) sedation, depending on your oral surgeon's recommendation. Your physical and mental comfort during the procedure is important, so be sure to have an open dialogue with your oral surgeon about your feelings or worries.

Try to Relax

On the day of your procedure, consider the following relaxation methods to calm your mind and body. 

  • Bring a book you enjoy, or simply read a magazine while you wait in the waiting room
  • Bring some headphones and a media player to listen to tranquil music, a podcast, or an audiobook
  • Taking deep breaths or meditating can also help your body relax 
  • Dress comfortably in loose, non-restrictive clothing 
  • Bring a trusted friend or family member to keep you company while you wait

Look Ahead to the Benefits of the Process

You may also find relief focusing on the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed. Completing the process of wisdom teeth extraction may help prevent the following side effects of not removing them:  

  • Prevent serious health issues
  • Relieve pain
  • Stop teeth shifting
  • Prevent tumors in your jaw
  • Help avoid cavities and decay

Preparing yourself for the wisdom teeth extraction process may help decrease your anxiety levels and help you feel more confident. Be honest with the support staff and your oral surgeon about any anxiety you may have; your comfort level is important for them to maintain.