You are in need to get your wisdom teeth removed either due to pain or through the advice of your dentist. The first thoughts through your head include, “what did I do to deserve this?”, and “is it going to hurt?”. Fortunately, with modern advances in dental technology, getting your wisdom teeth has become a common and smooth procedure for most patients. The following is the ways that you can prepare for wisdom teeth removal surgery.
Prepare for wisdom teeth removal cost
The cost to remove your wisdom teeth will vary for different parts of the country. For patients that have to pay out of their pocket, expect to pay anywhere between $2,000-$4,500 to get your wisdom teeth removed. This also includes the cost of IV Sedation, which is a method to help relieve anxiety and put you to sleep during your dental procedure. Most dental insurances can certainly help burden the load of the cost of wisdom teeth, with many PPO Dental Plans covering up to 80% of the oral surgery procedure.
Prepare for swelling and pain after your procedure
A lot of oral surgeons and dentists prepare their patients for wisdom teeth removal by prescribing them a liquid mouth-rinse called Peridex. This helps keep the wisdom teeth area clean of bacteria, and allows patients to heal faster once the procedure is over. Some dentists may even prescribe a Medrol Dose Pack, which is a steroid that helps minimize swelling during the healing process. Some dentists and surgeons will even prescribe you antibiotics a few days before your procedure to help prevent any potential infections that may come about after your surgery. Even with these medications, you can expect to swell up for a few days after your surgery. For most patients, this swelling lasts 3-5 days from which the puffiness gradually begins to calm down. You can also expect to be in pain after your procedure for up to two weeks. Removing your wisdom teeth is just like any other surgery, so expect some pain after your procedure. Your surgeon or dentist will more than likely prescribe you strong pain medications after your treatment is completed, so do not worry!
Prepare for surgery day
The day of your surgery may be frightening for you. You are going to be expected to be NPO for 6-8 hours meaning that you will not be able to drink or eat during that time-frame. The reason why this is necessary is because of the potential choking hazard that can come once the doctors sedate you. You will need a driver to drive you back home, and more than likely you will need to take the rest of the day off to recover from your surgery. You will feel groggy after your surgery, so you more than likely will need help from a friend or family member to help you go to the bathroom until the sedative drugs are eliminated from your system.
Another very important questions that comes about is if you are currently on any prescription medications by a physician. More than likely, your dentist or surgeon will want you to not take those drugs on surgery day. However, if those medicines that you are taking are essential to your overall health, your dentist will need to coordinate with your primary care physician to see if it is really necessary to stop your medications prior to your wisdom teeth removal procedure.
Trying to remain calm on surgery day
It’s totally normal to feel nervous about having your wisdom teeth removed, but experts recommend getting as much rest as possible the night before your procedure. It might be hard to get some sleep, but resting will help your body and mind remain as alert as possible on the day of your surgery, and it could help prepare your body for healing afterward.
Our team here at Best Dental hopes these tips will help you during your wisdom teeth removal journey. If you are needing wisdom teeth removal, or have any questions, contact our team today!