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Are You Awake During Oral Surgery?

July 22, 2022

If your oral surgeon in Pembroke Pines just advised you to get your wisdom teeth removed, you’re probably curious as to what the operation entails if it’s your first time. Learn more about the different types of anesthetics that may be used during your wisdom teeth extraction.

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What Are the Anesthetics Used in Wisdom Teeth Removal?

General Sedation

Your oral surgeon will use general anesthesia if your wisdom teeth are significantly impacted. With this type, you won’t remember anything that happens during the surgery because you’ll be completely unconscious. There will be no discomfort for you.  

However, following general anesthesia, you probably won’t be able to leave the clinic without assistance. Because you will be sleepy for several hours, you’re going to need someone to drive you home and stay with you while you are there. 


Between general anesthetic and laughing gas, surgeons frequently opt for sedation anesthesia. You won’t be entirely awake or asleep if you choose this. Local anesthesia is mixed with sedation anesthesia and administered by IV. When your dentist administers this type, you won’t be able to recall any details during the treatment. Also, when you are unconscious, you won’t experience any pain. 

Local Anesthesia

If you’ve ever had a cavity filled or other dental work done, you probably received local anesthetic in the past. With local anesthetic, the removal of your wisdom teeth will be done while you are completely conscious. You won’t be able to feel any discomfort, though.  

You might feel a little pressure, but other than that, nothing should hurt during this operation. To deliver local anesthetic, your oral surgeon will inject the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. You may need a few minutes for this to start working, and then you can continue with your surgery pain-free.  

Additionally, you’ll be able to leave the office as soon as the treatment is done. Your dentist may also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to ease the discomfort if you need sedation.

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Ask an Oral Surgeon in Pembroke Pines About Sedation Options

Do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable dental team if you have any concerns. Call us to find out more information about the wisdom teeth removal process. 

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