Preparing For Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled: How To Stay Comfortable Throughout The Procedure

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When you're getting your wisdom teeth pulled, whether you are being put under for oral surgery or having an awake procedure, the process can seem daunting and painful. There are many things you can do to prepare for the dental work, so you can be as comfortable as possible during and after having your teeth pulled.

Wear comfortable clothing

Wear a loose-fitting long shirt, so you don't have to worry about adjusting your clothing while you are in the dentist's chair. If you wear contacts, take them out before the procedure, so you don't have to worry about dry eyes or losing a lens, particularly if you are going to be put under general anesthesia for your wisdom teeth removal. If wearing jeans, go for a loose boyfriend jean or carpenter fit that doesn't dig into your waistband. Forgo other accessories, such as necklaces or earrings, which can get snagged in your hair or clothing as you come to after your work is done. Wear flat shoes as well, since you will likely be medicated after the procedure is done, and don't want to have to worry about tripping over your heels or sandals as you leave the office.

Don't take any pain medication beforehand

Unless directed by your oral surgeon or dentist, avoid taking any over-the-counter medications prior to getting your wisdom teeth pulled. If you take any anxiety, depression, or other medications regularly, let your dentist know so they can alert you to any side effects you can expect from the pain and anxiety medicine you may receive during and after your dental work is done. Your dentist will likely prescribe you a mild painkiller and/or muscle relaxer after your wisdom teeth have been taken out, especially if your procedure requires them to give you stitches after removing your wisdom teeth.

Bring a pillow and blanket for the ride home

You may feel fine once you walk out of the dentist's office, but as soon as you get in the car, you will likely want to take a nap. Have a pillow to support your head and a comfortable blanket with you, so you can rest with ease on the drive home. You should also make sure you have someone available who can drive you home, since you will be uncomfortable driving yourself. Once you get home, feel free to take a nap- getting your wisdom teeth out is a big deal, and your body will want to rest.

Getting your wisdom teeth pulled may not seem like a big deal, but you will be grateful for taking measures to stay comfortable both during and after the work is done. Rest easy, take your pain medications as directed, and follow all your dentist's aftercare orders, and before long you'll feel good as new again, minus a few nagging teeth.