It’s simple. The human jaw does not often grow large enough to have the necessary room to accommodate wisdom teeth. Approximately 9 out of 10 people experience at least one impacted wisdom tooth. As that wisdom tooth grows, it does so at an angle and sometimes does not fully emerge from the gums.
This event can cause certain problems, including:
- Inflammation of the gums
- Painful infection
- Damage to the neighbouring tooth or teeth
When these things happen, removal is necessary. Despite this necessity, many people may be too anxious to step into a dentist’s office to have the offending tooth (or teeth) extracted. For this reason, sedation is often made available by dental care practitioners.
There are several types of sedation methods used by dentists. This course of action depends on the type of procedure the patient needs to undergo. The preferred method for wisdom tooth extraction for Guelph patients with anxiety is moderate oral sedation.
Otherwise known as “conscious sedation,” moderate oral sedation is achieved by taking medication either in liquid form or as a pill (e.g. anti-anxiety pills) a short time before the extraction. Here’s what you need to know about this type of sedation:
- It calms you, reducing the anxiety and apprehension you may feel during the procedure.
- In certain doses, it can make you drowsy or groggy, but you’ll awake easily if you happen to fall asleep.
- This sedation keeps you awake enough to remain responsive to external stimuli like the dentist’s instructions.
- It can make long or difficult procedures more tolerable.
- You may also forget most — if not all — of the procedure.
Moderate oral sedation is not used to prevent pain. Your dentist still needs to inject a local anaesthetic. Sedation is only used to calm a patient’s nerves and help them feel less anxious.
If you don’t feel the need to be sedated, tell your dentist.
For wisdom teeth extraction in Guelph, call Dr. Urszula Barrios’ clinic at (519) 767-6453 today.