If you ever watch viral videos on YouTube then you’ve most likely stumbled on videos highlighting teens coming out of anesthesia after having their wisdom teeth removed.
If you haven’t yet, you’re missing out.
From thinking they’re Miley Cyrus to freaking out about zombie attacks to being thankful for still having their tongues, these videos can illicit laughs. However, they can also cause extreme fear for patients who already suffer from dental anxiety.
One of the best evolutions in dentistry has been the development of sedation dentistry, allowing dentists to perform more complex procedures in a single appointment. While we can all laugh at the extreme reactions to waking up from getting wisdom teeth pulled, the truth is that most patients experience nothing like this and report high levels of satisfaction with the procedure.
After watching this hilarious compilation of waking reactions from wisdom teem removals, be sure to keep reading to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry and how it can make your trips to the dentist downright enjoyable!
Is all sedition dentistry like the viral videos?
No, not all sedation dentistry is the same. What you’re seeing in these funny clips is generally the result of intravenous sedation, or the one reserved for the most complex procedures. If you have general dental anxiety and simply going in for a cleaning or cavity filling, you won’t be offered this option.
Below are the most common versions of sedition dentistry, particularly here in the Metroplex in North Texas:
- Nitrous oxide or laughing gas: This is the mildest form of sedation and generally leaves patients feeling relaxed or euphoric.
- Sedative pills: This includes prescription medication like Valium or Xanax. If you choose to go this route, it is important you discuss it with your dentist and only take the recommended dose since they can be addictive.
- Intravenous sedition: This is the most invasive option which is normally reserved for complex oral surgery.
Still on the fence? Here are the benefits…
The many benefits of sedation density are why we choose to use it at our Arlington, TX practice.
In order to combat tooth decay and gum disease or identify even larger issues such as oral cancers, patients must be willing to come to the office and sit in the chair. If fear is what’s stopping them, then it’s important to quell that fear.
Sedation dentistry allows for us to do just that. On top of nerves, many of our patients are concerns about their gag reflex. When under sedation, patients lose the fear of choking or gagging. This allows them to relax and even nod off to sleep.
I bet you never thought you would get to catch a few “zzs” at the dentist’s office!
For dentists, sedatives can allow us to perform multiple procedures in one appointment, too. The ability to perform more work at once prevents anxious patients from having to come back multiple times.
Finally, sedation dentistry is helpful for those with special needs. Many times, the bright lights, loud noises and foreign smells can be too much for some patients. Through sedation dentistry, we are able to make an environment that is comfortable for everyone.
Tell me more about pulling wisdom teeth…
The number-one question we get about wisdom teeth is: do they have to come out? Sure, they may be useless, but so is our appendix and tailbone and most of us are still waking around with both.
The problem with wisdom teeth is that, through their evolution, there is no longer room for them in the mouth and that makes for poor root quality and oddly-shaped or angled teeth. Even if you do have the space in your mouth, there is a higher likelihood that your wisdom teeth could become infected or lead to the development of other periodontal diseases since they are so far back and hard to clean. Many times, pulling wisdom teeth is a preventative measure that is done to protect the long-term health of your mouth.
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