Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be a nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing procedure for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to help ensure you’re making the right decision and that you’ll be going into the procedure stress-free.
- Ask questions before saying yes. Not everyone has to get their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have enough space in their mouth that their wisdom teeth are able to grow in without affecting their overall oral health. If your dentist is recommending that you get your wisdom teeth removed, you deserve to know the reason behind the decision.
- Take notes from your dentist. What should you consume or not consume for 24 hours before your procedure? What type of anaesthesia will be used? What kind of foods should you stock up on for your recovery period? Are there any dangers to the procedure? Should you prepare any pain medication ahead of time?
- Check with your insurance company. This is not an inexpensive procedure and it isn’t covered under all insurance plans. While your dentist office would like to help you out with your insurance company, the easiest way to find out whether this procedure will be covered and by how much is to call your insurance company directly.
- Prepare in advance for a safe ride home. If general anaesthesia will be used, then you will need someone to drive you home. Make sure to have a ride prepared ahead of time.
- Take time to rest after. You will still be under the effects of the anaesthesia for the full day after your surgery, so make sure that no one (except your couch or bed) will be expecting you. It would be best if you can stay in the comfort of your home for a day or two after the surgery as well, since you will experience discomfort with eating and your cheeks may be puffy. If this is an option, make sure to prepare ahead of time.
It’s important that you feel comfortable and safe going into this procedure. Make all the necessary preparations and ask the right questions before going in, and you’ll have a stress-free experience.