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A 18-year-old female asked:

I have 4 impacted wisdom teeth i haveto get removed, they're all impacted. is local or general anesthetics better for this?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Sedation: Typically you can accomplish their removal most efficiently and comfortably with conscious sedation. The Surgeon can work most effectively if you are "asleep" and you feel nothing and remember virtually nothing about the surgery.Do all at the same time, as you will then be finished.Follow all the instructions for the least complicated recovery-if you choose not to, you will have problems.Good luck
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Comfort zone: The appropriate anesthesia depends on the complexity of the dental treatment and your own comfort zone. With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the oral surgery or experience any pain. In your case IV sedation is recommended. Best of luck.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends: Whether you have your surgery with local anesthesia alone or under general anesthesia may depend upon your level of anxiety, the anticipated level of difficulty (position and development of the teeth), as well as who is performing your surgery as not all general dentists can provide IV sedation and/or general anesthesia.

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