I have a 20 year old daughter who has two impacted wisdom teeth. I don’t want this to be a situation where there ends up being complications and her ending up in terrible pain during the procedure. I was thinking because the tooth is impacted we should do the procedure in a hospital under general anesthesia. My dentist insists that sedation with him is all she’ll need, but it occurred to me that maybe he is only saying this because he wanted the money for the procedure and the sedation. Will my daughter be safe and comfortable no matter which type of sedation we use?
I can tell you care about your daughter very much and want the best and safest option for her. Because your daughter is twenty years old, the bone where her wisdom tooth is impacted is quite pliable. It would be unlikely there would be any complication to worry about. Impacted wisdom teeth are rather common to extract and she should be just fine with the dental sedation.
I am certain your dentist will be suggesting this as well, but I am going to suggest you have your daughter get oral conscious sedation. She will take a simple pill. However that pill is so strong that you will need to drive her to and from her dental appointment as well as stay with her for a few hours after her appointment, at the very least until she is lucid and steady on her feet. You will be happy to know that she will be completely at rest during the procedure.
I was curious about your concern that your dentist was just trying to get the money from the sedation. Has your dentist given you any reason in the past to doubt his integrity. I would find it most heinous if a dentist tried to talk you into a procedure that could put your daughter in discomfort unnecessarily. If you truly feel he is capable of that, I suggest finding another dentist pronto.
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