I am having my wisdom teeth taken out in about three weeks. My dentist suggested we use oral conscious sedation, which I was fine with. I just finished my consultation and they gave me a bunch of instructions with the paperwork. It talked about using gauze. I am a little concerned that while I am out of it from the sedation I could inhale and choke on the gauze. Is it absolutely necessary? Should I try the procedure without sedation?
The gauze is an important part of the healing process so you will not want to skip it. It is only needed while you are actively bleeding, but if you don’t use it there will be problems. The first thing it does is help the blood to clot. That clotting is necessary because it helps protect the socket and keeps your bone from being exposed. You definitely don’t want that happening unless you want to be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, the gauze is gentle, sterile, and can be easily changed out.
While it is unlikely that the gauze will cause any problems, even while you are still under the effects of the sedation, you will have someone with you the entire time. Your dentist probably mentioned in your consultation that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as well as to stay with you until you are lucid and steady on your feet again. This is important and for your protection.
Make sure whomever you get to stay with you is someone you trust completely. They have a big responsibility. Most patients lay on the couch and binge their favorite streaming service or just nap the effects of the medication away. You can do either or both. Set yourself up a nice comfy spot and enjoy the break. If you are still concerned, just tell your caregiver to keep an eye out. This way they’ll pay extra attention, which should put your mind at ease.
Best of luck with your wisdom tooth extractions. This will all be done before you know it. Sedation dentistry is a great way to get procedures done without pain or anxiety.
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