I’m having my wisdom teeth extracted, and I’m wondering whether I should have a local or general anesthesia. The oral surgeon said the choice is mine. I’m just not sure which is better. Do you have any advice?
Riley W. – Rhode Island
There are two factors that tend to go into that kind of decision. The first is preference, and the second in medical history.
1. Preference: With a local anesthetic you will be awake and alert throughout the procedure. With general anesthesia, you’ll be put to sleep. The local will last for several hours after the procedure and has finished and has fewer side effects. With the general anesthesia you won’t remember any of the procedure.
2. Medical History: There are some medical conditions that do not work well with general anesthesia.
- Family history of adverse reactions to anesthesia
- excessive drinking habit
- daily asperin
- Heart, lung, or kidney medical conditions
- Sleep apnea
I’d discuss this with the surgeon doing your wisdom teeth extractions and go from there.
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