What type of anaesthetic is used?

October 18, 2019

A number of options are available and depend on how difficult the wisdom tooth is to remove.

Local anaesthetic

this is an injection into the gums surrounding the wisdom tooth, rather similar to that you may have had at your dentist for a filling. The injection takes a couple of minutes to numb the area and means that you feel no pain while the wisdom tooth is removed. This is the best option for wisdom teeth that are simple to remove.

Local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation

In addition to a local anaesthetic injection you can be given an injection in your arm. This makes you feel relaxed and less aware of the procedure.

General anaesthetic

It is usually possible to remove wisdom teeth under a ‘day case’ general anaesthetic, i.e. although you are put to sleep completely, you will be able to go home on the same day as surgery.

If you are having day surgery with sedation or under a general anaesthetic, you need to ensure that a responsible adult is with you for the first 24 hours after surgery and that they can escort you home as well. You will need to make our own transport arrangements for your discharge unless arranged by the hospital in advance. If arrangements are not in place your surgery will be cancelled.

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