Sedation for Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Will I remember anything?

sedation for tooth extractionIf you are feeling anxious about the thought of surgical dental treatment, you may want to speak with your Chicago oral surgeon about your options regarding sedation for tooth extraction.

With sedation, it is possible to calm your fears and achieve a peaceful state of relaxation as you have your wisdom teeth extracted. There are a number of sedation options, ranging from light to moderate intravenous sedation, to deep sedation and general anesthesia, in which the deepest levels of sedation can be reached.

For patients who elect lighter intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is also utilized concomitantly.  You may experience a peaceful, dreamlike state, a sensation of floating, or you may drift into a light nap. You will be able to hear and communicate with the dental team, though you’ll likely be inclined to daydream or simply rest comfortably. Once the procedure is completed, your recovery from anesthesia is a smooth transition into becoming alert and you may be able to recall some details of the procedure. 

With sedation, it is possible to calm your fears and achieve a peaceful state of relaxation as you have your wisdom teeth extracted.

When more comprehensive forms of sedation are utilized like deep sedation or general anesthesia, you will be soundly sleeping through the entire procedure. You will enjoy an ultimate level of relaxation, without being disturbed by the sounds and sights of dental surgery.  At the conclusion of your treatment, you will remember none of the procedure and you should expect to feel sleepy or somewhat groggy for a few hours.

With any type of sedation, a team of trained professionals will closely monitor your vital signs (heart rate, heart rhythm, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, end tidal carbon dioxide, and temperature) before, during, and after the procedure.  Furthermore, you will be instructed to enlist the assistance of a responsible adult to see that you arrive home safely.

The details of the procedure for wisdom teeth extraction will be different for each patient. Your oral surgeon will discuss your main concerns and review your medical history to determine the method of sedation that is most appropriate for you. Ultimately, you can expect to enjoy soothing comfort and absolute safety with the help of sedation dentistry carried out by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

To schedule your consultation, contact the wisdom tooth expert, Dr. Steven Koos DDS, MD, serving the Chicago Loop and surrounding Chicago suburbs.