Wisdom tooth extraction tomorrow. Definitely want sedation, but I have a few specific questions about how to minimize the unpleasantness of the procedure. Help me figure out what I'm looking for and how to express this to the oral surgeon!
I've read two previous sedation AskMefis: the fear-of-sedation thread
and the local-or-general anesthesia
thread. I'm still a bit confused.
My favorite extraction stories are the ones where the people were given some sort of memory-robbing sedative just before the nasty bits began, then came to after it was all over with no memory of the procedure. I've had nitrous oxide before (during a root canal), and that was a decently pleasant high, but the drilling noises and the pressure were still unpleasant. From what I've heard about wisdom tooth extractions, the noise and pressure are worse. I'm fairly certain I don't want to know what's going on.
So, my questions:
* Is what I'm describing general anesthesia? If so, one or two comments mentioned a bad recovery time after general anesthesia. What's involved in that?
* This post
is about an oral surgeon who only
does local anesthesia. I don't want that! But it's too late to call the dentist's office to confirm there are other options. How common is it to encounter oral surgeons who won't do anything but local anesthesia? Or, conversely, how standard (at this point) are the delightful magic drugs that make you forget everything till it's over? At the very minimum, there will be serious nitrous, right? Right?
* My very, very sweet partner got tomorrow off work at the last minute so he can accompany me, so I don't have any fears about getting home afterwards. But how do you get home afterwards if you don't have a guardian angel?
Thanks as always, Wonder-People!