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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can oral surgeons put people under for wisdom teeth extractions?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes : But expect to pay for the anestheologist and surgical room out of your pocket. Talk to your oral surgeon, they can fix you up and you won't need to be put out like you are probably asking.
Dr. Ronald Smith
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: There are several options for pain and anxiety control during dental surgery. It can range from just local anesthetic to full general anesthesia. Often a person can be sedated without full general anesthesia and be totally comfortable and unaware of the surgery. Oral surgeons can generally provide most levels of anesthesia to include hospitalization and general anesthesia.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Yes: Most of the time, the oral surgeon will give you IV sedation. You will not receive general anesthesia unless there is some very complicated reason. This means that you will be heavily sedated, won't remember anything, and not feel any pain at all. With general anesthesia, a tube is put down your throat, and breathing is done for you. This is not needed in most every case. Keep smiling!
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Being "put under" can mean different types of sedation. Many surgeons remove wisdom teeth for their patients with IV sedation and their patients have little or no recall and think they were asleep. Some surgeons may utilize crna's in their offices and perform procedures under general anesthesia where you are asleep.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for wisdom teeth extractions to be too challenging for an oral surgeon to perform?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Wisdom teeth do not always appear in the jaws where we would like for them to be. Some wisdom teeth may be in a position where access is too limited to allow their removal or too close to an adjacent structure where the attempted removal of the wisdom tooth could possibly cause more problems with the adjacent structure than leaving it alone.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Oral surgeon advised I keep wisdom teeth. Why?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Wisdom teeth: The wisdom teeth that are free from disease and symptoms should not be operated on as there is no reliable research to suggest that this practice benefits patients.

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