Types of Anesthesia Used During Wisdom Teeth Extraction

A participant of the charity Dental Lifeline Network of New Jersey, Dr. Christopher Lillo sees patients at Oak Ridge Dental Group, PA in Toms River, New Jersey. With nearly two decades of experience, Dr. Christopher Lillo offers exceptional care in molar root canal procedures and wisdom teeth removal.

When having one’s wisdom teeth removed, a form of anesthesia is utilized to help patients remain comfortable during the entirety of the procedure. The type of anesthesia employed depends on the complexity of the extraction. For instance, an impacted molar that grows at an angle and at times grows within the jawbone, rather than breaking the surface, is more difficult to remove. In this situation, a doctor would use general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep, so no pain is felt as the tooth or teeth are extracted. If given general anesthesia, a patient inhales the medication through his or her nose. Once asleep, a surgical team monitors the body to ensure the patient remains safe and healthy.

Administered either intravenously or orally, sedation anesthesia is also an option. Rather than losing full consciousness, the patient experiences suppressed consciousness. No pain is felt during extraction and the patient is also given local anesthesia to numb the affected area. Local anesthesia can be used on its own as well. A patient remains awake during the extraction, but only feels pressure and movement due to the numbing effect of the local anesthesia.

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