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Our dentists at My Dental Group offer ‘in chair’ wisdom teeth extractions under the oral sedation or Nitrous Oxide sedation.

What to expect

At your first appointment, we’ll take a panoramic, 360-degree scan of your jaw. This scan allows us to see exactly where your wisdom teeth are and how best to remove them. We’ll fully describe the procedure, and have you sign a consent form showing that you’re fully informed before proceeding. You’ll have the chance to ask any questions of our friendly staff so that you can proceed feeling comfortable. It is recommended that you take about 4 days off work to allow optimal healing after the extraction.

You will be given a formal quotation of the procedure at the end of the initial consult.

We’ll then schedule a second appointment during which we’ll perform the extraction.

A third appointment is also made either to remove stitches if they are placed or to make sure that the extraction socket is healing without any complications.

The day of the procedure

If the dentist has discussed using an oral sedative with you, you should have taken the oral sedative 1-hour before the extraction. The sedative allows you to be awake but fully relaxed. It has the added benefit of retrograde amnesia, so you can’t remember the procedure clearly and are in a dream-like state. The sedation can take several hours to wear off, so you’ll need someone to take you home and look after you for the rest of the day.

If laughing gas / nitrous oxide sedation is chosen, the dentist will start administering the gas at the start of the appointment to make sure you are fully relaxed before numbing the extraction sites with local anaesthesia.

During the procedure, you will feel pressure but minimal or no pain. Stitches are then placed depending on the procedure and you will be prescribed a course of antibiotics and painkillers to make sure you are comfortable while healing up.

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When should you have your wisdom teeth taken out?

Wisdom teeth normally erupt at the age of 17 to 21. They normally cause problems if partially erupted or if they are impacted. Problems with your wisdom teeth begin in your teens and twenties. We recommend that you have them removed as early as symptoms start to appear. The earlier the better as wisdom teeth mature, the roots become more developed making removal more complicated. Earlier extractions are also easier since the bone is more elastic, and you will have better results with less recovery time and less possibility of complications.It is best to have a consult with our dentists to determine when, and if your wisdom teeth need to be taken out.