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13 February 2009

Aloha Friday #7


TGIF!

I am trying very hard to be positive about my upcoming dental procedures and I am hoping to receive some wonderful advise from the blogosphere.

My question for today is: Have you had your Wisdom Teeth removed? If so, what helped you before the procedure and what helped you heal?? And/Or How do you relax in preparation for something you are afraid of or worried about?

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25 comments:

TheAngelForever said...

I had my wisdom teeth out when I was in 9th grade. They had been causing me pain and nobody thought it could be that since I was so young. I was nervous since mine were taken out in the hospital. Had they been done in the oral surgeons office (like my brother had several years later) it would have been easier.

Hopefully you can escape into something you like, perhaps knitting, to help ease your fears. I know I did that when my son was in the hospital a year ago. For healing try take it easy, have lots of items that you can drink, no need to chew. Use lots of ice packs on your face to help reduce swelling and rest.

Good luck and I hope you heal quickly.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Second dental question of the night! :-) Well, pre-Mommyhood, I was a dental assistant. Take Aleve or Ibuprofen before you go in for the procedure (I mean unless the dentist or surgeon has required you that specifically NOT do that). You won't be able to drink from a straw for a few days, so make sure you get your Sonic craving out of the way. And, have some soft and easy to chew food on hand. Also, have the cold compresses ready to bring some instant comfort to your swollen little chipmunk cheeks.

Also, keep the Ibuprofen or Aleve flowing! Seriously, you may not be sore. But, take it anyway, because the pain will become uncontrollable if you don't premedicate!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

You know, I just deleted this huge long comment for fear that it would freak you out even more than you are. I don't want to do that. So I'll go with this...

For me it helps when I'm feeling anxious to educate myself more about what's going to happen. I ask lots of questions {and I pray a lot}.
Stay on top of your pain pill times. You might be feeling okay, and skip a dose, then WHAM! Holy cats, you feel like your brain will pulse out of your skull.
Eat pudding, jello, applesauce, milkshakes {NO STRAWS!}, etc for a while.
Keep your sockets clean.
They should give you gel ice packs to take with you - they'll help reduce swelling and feel oh so lovely.
Sleep a lot during your recovery.

OGLADI said...

Yes, I had them removed. Definitely get a periodontist to do it. Oral surgeon, not dentist! Valium is good, and a driver for the way home is nice. Good luck!

Jackie said...

I agree. My daughter had all 4 out a few years back and did fine. She was out for around 45 minutes.... then slept it off most of the day. No straws.... first thing she had was a choc milkshake.... eaten with a spoon. She took her pain pills (important to do so) and was pretty much recovered by day 2. Best of luck to you. :)

Tim and Vicky said...

You do not want to hear my experiences as I am a trouble dental patient. Even my dentist hates to see me come in.

Now, if you want to hear about some things after the fact, the stories are quite humorous. :)

sues2u2 said...

Had mine out in high school which was eons ago. Do what the others have mentioned about the pain pills. Do keep up w/ them!

Also while sitting in the chair ask if they mind if you listen to your ipod. Make sure it's loaded w/ relaxing music & then just coast along. Worked for me only it was a walkman I used!

East Coast Wahine said...

I've had my wisdom teeth removed as well due to cavities. To relax, I educated myself about the procedure and reasoned that it was better to have them out than to have to try to have the cavity filled on teeth waaaaay back there!

janetfaye said...

If I am afraid I talk to a friend that I trust about my fears and that usually helps me.

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

Advice number one: do NOT eat toast as your first solid food meal after wisdom teeth extraction. Yes I am an idiot, but you can learn from my poor judgment.

I ate a LOT of TCBY yogurt. It is low fat and so soothing with a sore mouth.

One you have your pain pills, just either go to sleep or surf the web. Suddenly everything is funny.

I remember drool/blood coming out of my mouth while I was on the computer, and just starting to laugh. Normally I am a fainter when it comes to myself bleeding.

Lori @ The Downs Gang said...

Sorry babe I dont know what to tell you, i still have all four of mine

Nina said...

I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 18 and I should not share how it went. It will just cause you more stress. My only advice... don't let them take all four at one time.

I was not nervous going into it but after it was over it was a different story.

Sorry!!! I am not helping, am I.

pam said...

First, great minds think a like!!

I had my wisdom teeth out in high school. Back then they put you right out, it was day surgery at the hospital. The worst part was when I woke up - I was so sick.

I have a terrible time getting in the right frame of mind for the dentist. I went yesterday for a cavity to be filled and I came home with the need for a tooth extraction or a root canal. (I didn't even know there was anything wrong with that tooth)

Faith - That's Just Freaking Lovely said...

I've had mine pulled and, ouch! Ask the dentist if you can get your script before you go. I got mine on the way out and had to wait a half hour at the pharmacy. It was TONS of fun - NOT! Hope everything goes smooth!

One Anxious Mommy said...

I had mine removed when I was a child, probably right before I got braces. I know I was awake during the procedure - but so out of it I didn't really know what was going on. I know I kept trying to ask them questions though. It wasn't too bad before, during and after. I do get very worried about life and what my happen without me in it when I have to undergo something serious. So for me most recently that has been 2 ceseareans and an endoscopy. I haven't figured out a way to calm myself of these thoughts yet either. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you!!

shopannies said...

tylenol always helps as well as a swish of warm salt water helps the healing process

*Just Jen* said...

I had mine cut out oh......13 years ago. I didn't listen to the surgeons directions for healing and ended up with some dry sockets. I also ate food too early and had to go back because of an infection. So, listen to their orders for recovery! LOL

Qtpies7 said...

I am not so sure I would do all 4 at once, either. Unless you have to pay out of pocket for the anesthesia.
Keep on top of the pain pills, for sure.

Breathing is good. Breath through your nose, close your eyes, and keep breathing. That is how I get through all things dentist. IF I go.

Sarahlcc♥ said...

It's all about the oral surgeon & twilight sleep ~ I had my 12 yrs molars out all at once. Relaxing before the procedure? A good book & deep breaths. Also an ipod with good music.

They better give you medication for later! And ice cream. Stock up on some good, non chewy stuff.

Cathi said...

Nope.
I'm very lucky though as I don't have any.

Joyful Noise said...

I didn't have a problem with mine...I had one pulled and two cut out. Bought a shake and then went shopping.

blueviolet said...

I only had 3 but they're gone now. I just trusted the doctors and I knew my husband would take good care of me afterwards.

Shannah said...

Gosh, I had my wisdome teeth out when I was a senior in high school. I remember getting them out on Friday morning and going out to eat pizza that night. I didn't eat much pizza, but I wasn't in all that much pain. Of course, my mom kept me drugged out of my mind, but I'm thinking that's the best way to go.

Also, my great grandmother lived to be 102. On her 101st bday I asked her why she thought she had lived as long as she had. Her answer was, "Hon, I just don't worry about things I have no control over." I know it sounds trite and probably not what you want to hear, but you really have no control over the dental situation, so don't worry about it. Just accept it, and roll with the punches when they come instead of trying to anticipate them.

Best of luck, and really...just stay drugged out for as long as you can and you'll be fine.

Joanna said...

I ran across your blog just now and was scrolling down and had to comment! I got my wisdom teeth removed 2 weeks ago today. I had my post opp visit this past Monday.

For me...I was scared to death! I mean sick at my stomach nerves....I just really took deep breaths closed my eyes and waited for the meds to kick in that the oral surg gave me through the IV. I was put under because mine were impacted. Not sure of your situation. Afterwards, to be honest, I remember nothing! I can't remember being wheeled out in a wheel chair or anything. I got Demerol because I am allergic to codeine. It worked like a dream. Just remember what ever pain meds they give you take them every 4 hours or as soon as you can. (6 or 8 hrs) That means set your alarm clock and get up in the middle of the night! It sucks but trust me, I really was never uncomfortable from the pain, by doing this. Lots of ice packs! This really helped with my swelling. I hope that this helps out! Good Luck and just relax! *Smiles*
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SimplyHappyMe said...

I had all my wisdom teeth taken out already. Just followed dentists instructions to rest and take my meds and ate lots of ice cream after. :P