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CaptainCabinets Thu 21-Feb-19 22:42:06

My dentist told me earlier she was referring me to have my wisdom teeth out under sedation as they’re badly impacted and my jaw is too small to accommodate them.

How bad is it?! Will I have a big swollen moon face after? How long will I need off work? Is it painful?!

I’m a nurse so I’m pretty blasé about most things but I can’t stand anything to do with teeth! Even having my teeth prodded with the metal stick they use in checkups makes my skin crawl 🤢

FannyFifer Thu 21-Feb-19 23:05:06

I have had mines out under sedation, was totally fine, I was conscious but totally away with it.
Don't worry it was honestly no bother at all & mines were all impacted & root issues etc.

flowersaremyfave Thu 21-Feb-19 23:06:49

I had all 4 plus a back tooth taken out all at once. I was in quite a bit of pain so had to get some strong painkillers. The stitches were irritating and I could only have soup for a week. But it was a relief just to have them out because I'd suffered for years

RogerBannister Thu 21-Feb-19 23:07:32

I had all four out under general anaesthetic, was swollen and very bruised for about three weeks, needed two weeks off work as I felt so I’ll, and developed dry socket in one of the gaps. Glad I had it done as I’d had trouble with them for years but it was a pretty crappy experience.

AuntMarch Thu 21-Feb-19 23:07:44

I will add that they'd tried to do mine just with local first to reduce wait time (I was suffering a lot before they came out) - felt like the dentist was playing tug of war with me (not painful at all because of the numbness, just tugging) and she couldn't get them to budge. As pp said, the noises are horrific!
After that I was fearing the worst for recovery when they eventually did come out. But it was all fine!

RogerBannister Thu 21-Feb-19 23:08:29


EleanorLavish Thu 21-Feb-19 23:11:15

I used to work in theatre and had all four teeth removed for impaction in the theatre I worked it. Like younmouth was too small. I was so sore for weeks leading up to it I couldn’t wait to get them out. I was in agony.
Had them out one Friday am. Felt absolutely fine. Went home after lunch and had a McDs on the way home. blush
Had been given a week off work as they said you’ll be sore.
Never took a painkiller!

Shenanagins Thu 21-Feb-19 23:11:35

I had mine taken out under sedation. It was absolutely fine, don’t remember a thing and had limited bruising which is remarkable given that I bruise easily.

MrsApplepants Thu 21-Feb-19 23:14:35

I had two out under general. V painful first night, but not too swollen, then face ached for two weeks, easily controlled with paracetamol, then totally fine. Was so glad to be free of the hassle they caused before they were removed.

AnotherOriginalUsername Thu 21-Feb-19 23:15:41

I've also been/am being referred to have my lower two removed under sedation. Will I be conscious and just doped up?

I had the top two taken out under local about 10 years ago with no issue and had 2 hours of her digging around in my mouth replacing old fillings this week and am going back for a crown on Tuesday. Not sure why she feels sedation is necessary?

Iltavilli Thu 21-Feb-19 23:16:24

Mine done literally last week (what a valentines). Horizontal bony impaction with a general anaesthetic at the local dental hospital. Took a long time to book surgery as needed a cone beam CT (tooth bang on the nerve), but they managed to get it all out.
Day of op was grim (hangry) but fine. Day after (Friday) also ok as had plenty of co-codamol as PP recommended, but swelling started.
Sat and sun the worst, bad swelling and purple bruising. Worked at home Monday and Tues - brain functioning but looked far too horrific for the office.
Pain hasn’t been awful despite the invasive nature of the op - I was high risk and quite a bit of bone taken. Stopped co-codamol after 3 days as recommended and managed on ibuprofen / paracetamol combo.
A week on, there’s light bruising and swelling which even good concealer can’t disguise but minimal pain. The worst bit is the incredibly dull mushy diet you have to eat. My stitches are still in, so more yoghurt, soup and over cooked pasta for a few days

FannyFifer Thu 21-Feb-19 23:18:19

Bottom ones are a lot more difficult to remove than top.
Sedation is good, think I had a wee dose but mostly awake.

CaptainCabinets Thu 21-Feb-19 23:18:28

I’d ask for a general to avoid hearing any of the aforementioned noises but the only general I’ve ever had made me violently sick! My top two haven’t properly begun to erupt yet, annoyingly, as I’d prefer to just have all four out and be done with it as pp suggested.

I hope I get a sticker after grin

WatchingFromTheWings Thu 21-Feb-19 23:21:42

I had one taken out last summer and one 2 years ago. Partial sedation for both. I was unaware of anything! The first time I had a major fit of the giggles after! Both times I only needed paracetamol (also had paramol on standby!). No swelling or any real pain. Was groggy for a day or 2. Perfectly fine by day 3. You'll be fine!

I was advised no driving, use of machinery/cooking etc for 24 hours so made the most of having husband waiting on me for 2 days!

Babdoc Thu 21-Feb-19 23:26:58

I’m retired now, but I used to regularly anaesthetise the oral surgery list for wisdom teeth removal at my hospital. When I needed my own wisdom teeth out, I did the first three patients, then climbed on the table myself and got mine out under local.
I then went to the recovery room to check my patients. Because my mouth was numb with long acting local, I was lisping, mumbling and drooling. The patients looked askance, probably thinking I was drunk! I explained I’d just had my teeth out the same as them, albeit without a GA, and they were thunderstruck - I think they thought I was joking!
You’ll be fine, OP. If your roots were horribly difficult they’d book you for a GA. If they’re just going for local and sedation that suggests they’re not too bad. You’ll need pain killers for a couple of days and a soft diet, but mouths heal up very quickly.

megletthesecond Thu 21-Feb-19 23:30:38

One lower impacted tooth removed under a local.
Really not that bad. Impressive bruising down my neck (the nerves apparently) but no problems eating soup and soft pasta for a couple of days a couple of days off work. I'd been in far more pain when it was causing problems in my jaw.
I'd have the others out in a heartbeat if they'd let me.

CaptainCabinets Thu 21-Feb-19 23:36:40

@Babdoc the extent of the complicated root situation is currently unknown: I’m going back to see my dentist next Wednesday with a CD of the X-rays I had done at the hospital. She only took mini X-rays herself so she’s going to have a look at the roots in more detail on the whole mouth X-ray and plan what happens from there.

Dry socket sounds utterly foul and makes me heave just thinking about it!

CountingFireflies Fri 22-Feb-19 00:06:36

I had all 4 out under sedation.
Had them out on a Friday, was swollen but pain free at work by Monday.
I looked like quagmire from family guy, the bottom of my face was puffy and swollen, but the pain killers did the job.

Squigglesworth Fri 22-Feb-19 00:08:35

I had mine out years and years ago and no longer remember any of the details-- except that it wasn't that bad, really. (But I'm lucky to not have a fear of dentists/tooth stuff, generally.)

If it's the possible sounds that you're dreading, I wonder if it would be possible for you to have ear buds in and listen to music or an audio book to help distract you and mask the sounds of the procedure. Maybe it wouldn't be allowed, if they need to communicate with you at all, but it's worth asking, if you think it could help.

spritesandunicorns Fri 22-Feb-19 00:15:47

I had bottom right one out a few years ago under a local. Was a simple procedure, took about half an hour or so as it was impacted and they had to cut it into pieces but I felt nothing apart from a lot of pressure.

The recovery was easy, took painkillers for a few days.

But unfortunately I developed TMJ from the procedure. I am hyper mobile and they think that as the tooth was so difficult to extract and the dentist had to apply a lot of pressure it stretched/damaged a ligament and the disc in my jaw now displaces. It’s incredibly painful when it flares up and i have some pain daily. I think I was very unlucky but just a warning to check that your dentist doesn’t apply too much pressure and gives you breaks to close your mouth of it takes too long. Reading the past posts though I think I was unlucky 😢

FurrySlipperBoots Fri 22-Feb-19 00:19:28

My brother had his out. I was all set to play nurse, make him little tempting treats, fetch him things with him huddled in bed feeling sorry for himself... Nope, he was right as rain, sitting at his computer gaming without a care in the world a few hours later! I was quite annoyed.

FurrySlipperBoots Fri 22-Feb-19 00:19:44

(He had a GA for his)

cinders15 Fri 22-Feb-19 00:22:19

My dentist said he would do it under local - but my lower two were very long
I didn't fancy that
I then went to a lot of dentists until I found one that referred me to a hospital with a good dental service
So I had all four done under general
When I woke up, my chest really hurt and I was covered in iodine still
Turned out they had to put a knee on my chest to pull out both bottom ones as they curled at the root
I just thank my lucky stars I hadn't started to have it done in a dental chair confused

Dontfuckingsaycheese Fri 22-Feb-19 00:25:32

I had mine out top ones ones one week one the next under a local. The noise and the pressure are sickening but was totally fine. Felt a bit of a fraud having day off work. I spent it stripping wallpaper!!

steff13 Fri 22-Feb-19 00:28:48

All four of mine were impacted. I had minimal swelling and pain. I threw up a little blood when I got home. I had it Friday and I was back to work Monday.

MuchTooTired Fri 22-Feb-19 00:36:03

I was referred to have all 4 out, but they only took the top two in the end, under sedation. Amazingly, it didn’t hurt at all afterwards, I had a subway on the way home, and didn’t need painkillers at all.

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