Five Ways to Make Your Wisdom Teeth Extraction Less Stressful

When it comes time to have your wisdom teeth removed, it is incredibly common to experience a certain measure of anxiety ahead of the procedure. Plenty of us have heard that the aftermath of having the teeth extracted can be fairly painful. Human beings understandably hate pain, so the unavoidable onset of it can be incredibly stressful.

Thankfully, Dr. Robert M. Walley is the sort of professional dentist that can make this procedure go as smoothly and painlessly as possible, but even knowing how professional he is, there are a few things patients can do to make wisdom teeth extraction less stressful.

#1 Be Informed

The number one way to ebb anxiety in any situation is to be informed about what’s to come. If you’re afraid of rollercoasters, for example, knowing where all the twists and turns are is the best way to not to be overwhelmed by them. The best thing patients can do ahead of getting their wisdom teeth removed is read about what’s coming because the more you know, the less anxious you’re going to be.

#2 Scheduled Painkillers Will Help

Many people experience fear that the painkillers won’t do their job, but consulting with Dr. Walley before your procedure about painkiller options will ensure that you have access to that medication immediately following the surgery. That means you can get on a schedule for those painkillers right away and receive the relief you need. They really do help.

#3 Plan Some Recovery Time

So many people stress about how long they’ll be out of school or work following the surgery, but a lot of that stress can disappear if you just plan an appropriate amount of rest and recovery time into your post-surgery schedule. If you know you’re going to have the time to recover, you don’t have to stress about recovery.

#4 Get Comfortable with the Sight of Your Own Blood

There is going to be blood in your mouth after the surgery, and because it mixes with your saliva it’s going to look worse than it really is. Still, knowing that some bleeding following the procedure is normal, and being prepared for the sight of that excess blood, may remove some of the stress that comes for some people in the days after getting their wisdom teeth removed.

#5 If Anything Feels Off in Recovery, There’s Always Help on Call

Perhaps the best way to put your mind at ease is to assure you that there’s a solution to every type of complication, so if something feels amiss following your surgery, do not hesitate to reach out to our office or our 24-hour emergency line so we can figure out the best way to ensure those complications are corrected. Most often, though, everything goes off without a hitch because the surgery is done by a respected, professional dentist. What’s more calming than that?

Nobody looks forward to having their wisdom teeth removed because, to be perfectly frank, it’s not exactly the same as a beach vacation. Stressful though the procedure may be, doing these things will make sure your extraction surgery with Dr. Walley goes smoothly, and that you’ll be able to survive the anxiety that some people experience before, during, and/or after the procedure.