Wisdom Extraction June 18, 2007





















At 8am this morning I had my wisdom teeth extraction surgery. I spent the last few days pondering the type of anesthesia I would choose, and finally settled on doing local numbing for a variety of reasons. Since I didn’t know I would finally choose local over the others, I didn’t eat anything starting last night.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I asked a lot of people about their extraction experience when I was deciding on anesthesia. Most of the people I talked to were either partially or fully unconscious during their procedure. Only Luthia and Joseph had theirs done with only local anesthesia. However, Joseph had all 4 of his wisdom teeth out of the gum, and Luthia had 1 out of the gum. I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth still in the gum, and I don’t think they were positioned normally.

The surgery itself wasn’t too bad. I pulled out my mp3 player and listened to the Newsboys, but halfway through the procedure it ran out of power… I spent the rest of the surgery with the earbuds in my ear listening to the things that were happening in my mouth.

The local anesthesia worked well. I couldn’t feel any “pain”, but the sensations weren’t too comfortable. I could feel a lot of the cutting and grinding that was going on. My two top wisdom teeth were extracted whole, but the bottom ones were extracted in pieces.

It was slightly discomforting the first time the surgeon used a lot of force in my mouth. He was pushing, and it felt like if his hand slipped the tool would injure me pretty badly. Haha.

When it was finally over, they took some x-rays to make sure everything was done properly. I then received some instructions on what to do for the next few days, and also got a prescription for Tylenol coated with codeine.

Thanks to everyone who was praying for me during my surgery.

A few mental notes I took during the whole thing:

The surgeon kept talking in a slow, quiet, soothing voice during the operation. He sounded a bit like Bob Ross.

If you do anything like this with local anesthesia, be sure to listen to music. Things were going really well while I was listening to music, but when the power died things got much worse…