I have anxiety and depression too but let me tell you this: the anxiety of being AWAKE to hear them possibly sawing through your teeth, the awareness of that, and a zillion other things (tensing of muscles, neck strain, etc) will make you anxious the entire time. Not good. You aren't being put to sleep like a dog or cat. It's sometimes something that makes you fall asleep well, but by no means are you that out of it that you are going to die. Really. Sometimes they are also giving you a medication that immediately helps you forget the pain you just experienced. It's really not bad and you wake up feeling pretty okay and a little dopey but it all seems to go very fast. It's easier for them too.
If you are going to be konked out during the procedure, just make sure you have an oral surgeon of good reputation, not just a regular dentist. There will be people in the room to assist and watch you for any reactions to the anesthesia (watching your breathing, etc, even making sure you aren't waking up too much and feeling it all of a sudden).
I would never ever go back and choose to be awake during the whole thing, ever. I woke up feeling fine, and was recovering very well. Having had 4 impacted horizontal wisdom teeth that had no room to go anywhere in my mouth was so painful that I was incredibly relieved. The swelling was mild and I felt a bit numb as well.
One thing, if you have a sensitive stomach, ask if you can have something else instead of Erythromycin as your antibiotic. So many people have reactions to it, throw up, and then their dissolvable sutures are gone, leaving a dry socket that is basically a hole with raw nerves open to the air and your saliva, food etc. THAT you can prevent and should. Erythromycin is notorious for this kind of problem so just tell them you have a sensitive stomach and don't want to puke while you're trying to heal.
Go to the store, buy puddings, Jello, ice cream, popsicles, applesauce, etc..then some soft foods for when you can start eating again later (ask your surgeon when it's the right time). If you live by yourself or will be taking care of yourself, things that are soft like Stouffer's Mac n Cheese (frozen food aisle) are not too acidic and fill you up without being harsh on your healing sites. Just don't do hot beverages or foods! Not a good idea.
You'll also need to buy a few reusable cold packs from the pharmacy--the kind that can be frozen so they can be cooled down again quickly. Sometimes those ice-bags that you put ice cubes in are very nice, but I found the edges of the cubes even with additional water in the bag, hurt my bruised cheeks ):
Also: avoid coffee that isn't in a smoothie or cold drink. Avoid carbonated drinks--a no no. Follow the surgeon's orders and make sure you clean everything properly as told. Take notes to read later if you have to--if you have a bad memory for small details like I sometimes do. You'll be dopey and need to not make mistakes.
Also: phone friends for milkshakes!!
Break a nasty wisdom tooth!! Don't fret. You will be in a much better mood without painful jaws and teeth. Constant pain, on its own, causes a lot of sleep problems and depression too.
· 4 weeks ago