I am absolutely terrified of the dentist, needles, IV's... basically everything involved in having your teeth removed. I had four impacted wisdom teeth taken out about a week and half ago now, and honestly, I am still in shock and amazement about how easy it was. I was lucky enough to find a dentist that I really liked and understood my fears. I asked for a general and he actually persuaded me away from it, due to the longer recovery, complications and need for a breathing tube, which scared me.
We ended up doing it under conscious sedation- I believe the drugs used were fentanyl and Versed. Beforehand I was *freaking* out- I was hyperventilating, and almost crying in the waiting room, to give you an idea of how terrified I was. But the staff were very good, and I was allowed to take my husband in the room with me until I was "out".
As for procedure, i was taken into the operating room, laid down, and the anethesiologist started tapping my hand to get the vein for the IV, he then inserted it while I looked on in wonder- never had one and was terrified. It felt weird to feel the saline, but after 20 seconds or so, someone motioned to my husband that it was time to go- I got nervous thinking that this meant I was as sedated as I was going to get. Turns out he hadn't even started it yet. Once he started the actual meds in the IV drip, it took just seconds and then the next thing I knew, I woke up in recovery.
I was sedated, but not under a general, so technically, I was awake throughout the entire procedure, but I have zero memory of it. No anxiety, no fear, no horrible memory of the sounds in my head, which is one of the things I was most worried about. I woke up and actually *laughed* to myself that it was over and that was it.
It has been the HUGEST relief to have it done and over with. It's so funny to think how much stress I placed on myself for literally years, because I was so scared, when in fact, it was easier than even a cleaning.
Recovery has been twofold- I expected to be more groggy and out of it, like my husband was when he had his out under a general. I was completely alert fro mthe time I woke up onwards, which was good, but also made me more alert to the pain. For pain I was given T3's, as well as an antibiotic and an antinflammatory. There were definately times when the T3's did not completely take away the pain, but it was enough to make it definately bearable, and that's all I need. I would rather that, than be out of it and loopy. I found that taking an extra strength tylenol and an advil at the same time was enough after the second day.
The worst part of recovery is not being able to eat, but I have it harder than most, as I don't eat a lot of the standaards such as yogurt and jello, etc. I ate a lot of soup, eggs, things like that.
I feel so much better now- because the teeth were impacted, I was having a ton of jaw pain allllll the time. It's been years since I didn't feel pressure in my mouth, and I forgot what it was like! IMO, it's definately worth having them out if they've been bothering you.