Wisdom teeth- local vs. General anesthesia? What is the difference?

Anesthesia for teeth. Local anesthesia involves injection of local anesthetic drugs in your mouth to make the jaw numb so the wisdom teeth can be painlessly removed. General anesthesia, on the other hand, involves the injection of general anesthetic drugs or sedative through an I.V. It's very common in an oral surgeon's office for you to have both I.V. Anesthesia and local anesthesia. This is the most comfortable way.
Patient satisfaction. A straight local anesthetic is perfectly capable of controlling the pain from this surgery. However, the addition of sedatives (twilight anesthesia) will make the entire procedure more pleasant from the patient's point of view.
A lot. Local anesthesia numbs the area of surgery, but does not calm or sedate you. General anesthesia makes you completely unconscious, but does not make you impervious to pain, just unable to react, and requires that you be intubated. Usually wisdom teeth are removed using sedation and local, rather than general, achieving the best combo for pain and anxiety without need for intubation.

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I have to have all four of my wisdom teeth removed. Should I opt for local anesthetic or general anesthesia?

DEPENDS. During your prodcedure, you will have local anesthesia regardless of you having IV or not. General anesthesia is an option which you should discuss with your surgeon. Read more...
General anesthetic. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, i would recommend general anesthetic for comfort. If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, local anesthetic may be sufficient. Read more...
Discuss with surgeon. The use of local anesthesia, either with\ without sweet air, or IV sedation will vary based upon the difficulty of the extraction and your personal preferences.Given the choice, most of my patients request the use of only local anesthesia (and perhaps sweet air). Some patients will only be comfortable with IV sedation and for them, that is the best way. General anesthesia is rarely used anymore. Read more...
Depends. Regardless if sedation is used or not, you will still receive local anesthesia for your surgery. Depending on the training of your dentist and/or surgeon, the option of providing sedation and/or general anesthesia may be offered. With the advent of newer drugs that have a rapid onset and short half life, many patients will choose to be asleep and have very comfortable procedure with no recall. Read more...
Talk to Dentist. Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient. If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. I don't even remember the procedure after a little dose of valium. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck. Read more...

Will I get general anesthesia for wisdom teeth?

Ask Surgeon. Ask you Oral Surgical Specialist. The decision as to type of anesthesia is based on medical history, patient preference, severity of procedure, and many other factors.. Read more...
Talk to dentist, unless procedure is expected to be complicated and/or you are extremely anxious general anesthesia is not required. I had a wisdom tooth removed and it was no big deal once local anesthetic was applied. Read more...

Do they use an IV with general anesthesia for wisdom teeth?

Usually IV sedation. Discuss your particular circumstances with your surgeon for more specific answers and the options regarding local anesthesia, with or without "sweet air", or IV sedation. General anesthesia is seldom used anymore for the removal of wisdom teeth. Read more...
Yes. If you have a general anesthetic, you will have an IV started for administration of medications and fluid replacement, many oral surgeons offer IV conscious sedation as well as general anesthesia for their patients undergoing the removal of wisdom teeth. Read more...
Yes. Normally general anesthesia gets started through the use of an IV , most of oral surgeons offers IV sedation as well . Read more...
Yes. It is easier to use an IV for the administration of sedatives. Read more...

Docs, what's being put under general anesthesia like for wisdom teeth?

Zzzzzzzzzz.... You will be asleep, and when you wake up, the procedure will be over and you will not remember a thing. Read more...
Fantastic option. because you can ensure that your dental surgery will cause you no worry or pain. Good luck! Read more...

Is general anesthesia ok for wisdom teeth removal?

Ok. Ok, but in most cases it is not nessasary. Talk to your dentist for the best solution. Read more...
Excellent. Most patients prefer to be asleep for wisdom teeth extraction. You should know the options. Best advice, see a board certified oral surgeon for exam/recommendations. Read more...

Do they use general anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal?

Maybe. General anesthesia would be used in a hospital setting. In an oral surgeons office, they would use conscious sedation, which means you will be breathing on your own, but will have no memory of the procedure. General anesthesia requires intubation and a machine that breathes for you. Read more...
Yes. Yes. General anesthesia is routine used by board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeons. Make sure your doc is an oral surgeon. Read more...

Is general anesthesia worth the cost for impacted wisdom teeth?

Yup. You won't feel a thing and you won't remember anything. Read more...
More than luxury. This is a very subjective question - but from performing over 15, 000 of these procedures and virtually everyone was sedated moderately or deeply (some having financial restrictions), patients who had difficulty paying for the anesthesia all confirmed that this was money well spent. Additionally, I have had patients who have had 2 removed with local elsewhere in the past and said the regretted it. Read more...
Talk to Dentist. Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient. If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. It is rare that a full general anesthetic would be needed for dental extraction. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck. Read more...
See below. Worth the cost may not be a fair question. Often it can be done with local anesthetic and sedation, but if your dentist feels that general anesthesia is needed, go along with his recommendation. Read more...
Yes. Yes it is worth the cost if you need it. So if your doctor is recommending that you need general anesthesia it is worth the cost. If you are a nervous and anxious patient then it may also be very well worth the cost. Read more...
Yes. If your wisdom teeth are impacted then sedation is a great option so tha you will be comfortable. It is worth the extra cost. However discuss your options with your doctor. Read more...
GA-impacted teeth? It's always worth the cost if you must have or want something. That is a personal decision and not a right or wrong answer. It is rare that someone needs general anesthesia to remove wisdom teeth. That is usually reserved for patients with certain medical issues or mentally handicapped. Are you referring to IV sedation which is a completely different story. A great aid but not always necessary. Read more...
It depends. Impacted wisdom teeth are technically challenging for dentists and oral surgeons to remove, sometimes requiring a surgical extraction to remove surrounding bone. This can be quite painful without some sort of anesthetic. Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia are both options and are best administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Read more...

How often is general anesthesia needed for wisdom teeth removal?

Anesthesia. Rarely. General anesthesia may be used when removing wisdom teeth associated with complications and extensive dental procedures. Severely anxious and intellectually challenged individuals need general anesthesia. Read more...
Not often. It is more common to use conscious sedation and local anesthesia, or in many cases just local anesthesia. There are usually many factors that would be involved to warrant general for that procedure. Read more...
Varies. The manner in which any extraction is done is a decision made by the patient and the dentist. Some factors to be considered are the difficulty of the extraction, the general health of the patient, whether an infection is present, and the type of the patient in question. Read more...
Talk to Dentist. Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient. If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might be indicated. I don't even remember the procedure after a little dose of valium. If you have concerns please contact your dentist and discuss these fears with him. Good luck. Read more...