Wisdom teeth removal need not be a stressful event for patients near Greensboro, NC
Most people at some point will be told they should have their wisdom teeth removed. Typically, the third molars have grown in sometime during the teen years. There are, however, many adults who have yet to face issues with wisdom teeth. The extraction of these teeth may be necessary for a number of reasons. Sometimes, extraction is advantageous even in the absence of an existing problem. Some of the reasons wisdom teeth removal may be planned near Greensboro, NC include:
Sufficient space does not exist in the arch for teeth to grow in properly.
A third molar (or more than one) is stuck beneath the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause pain or become infected.
Fully or partially erupted wisdom teeth are prone to cavities and may become extensively damaged.
Most people do not like the idea of having teeth extracted. Due to the fact that this is not a dental procedure we go through very often, we are unfamiliar with the process. Dr. Hatcher and his staff understand the anxiety that patients may feel when facing tooth extraction of any kind, let alone the removal of four molars in one sitting. We take steps to ensure our patients feel comfortable as we attend to their oral health needs. When extraction is necessary, we can discuss the procedure itself as well as options for sedation to promote the most stress-free experience.
Sedation for relaxation in the dental chair
In most cases, the extraction of wisdom teeth, even those that are not erupted, is very straightforward and expedient. In most cases, as well, the patient prefers some type of sedative to facilitate relaxation during this treatment. Our patients may discuss the various types of sedation with their dentist and decide which form will best suit their individual needs. Whether sedative medication is inhaled, ingested or delivered via an IV, the overall effect is consistent across the board.
Sedative medication slows the processing of stimuli in the central nervous system. While there are types of sedation in which the patient remains fully awake, such as the inhalation of nitrous oxide, deep relaxation and a sense of wellbeing occurs. Oral conscious sedation, in which a sedative is prescribed for ingestion before the visit, also promotes comfortable relaxation. The method that many people choose for the removal of wisdom teeth is IV sedation. With this form, the anesthesiologist administers a consistent dose of medication to achieve the desired state of relaxation. Often, patients feel as though they sleep through their procedure.
Wisdom teeth are not necessary for oral function and can do more harm than good. Our team works with you to complete a pleasant removal experience. Call to discuss your care options today.