Wisdom Teeth Fears
In two days, I will undergo my first surgery, and to be honest, I am absolutely terrified. Lucky me has all four of my wisdom teeth impacted, and recently they’ve been causing me headaches. After getting a consultation about them, I discovered that all four of them are coming in sideways because my jaw bone is too small to support that many teeth. Also if I were to let them grow in, it’s possible that there will be gaps in the gums because of the angle, which could cause really bad infections and a harder removal of them. So my family and I came to the conclusion that getting them out all as soon as possible would be the best solution, especially since it will heal faster at my age.
The surgery is only 30 minutes long and I will be awake for the procedure. I will get laughing gas and an IV sedation: the epitome of fear for those like me who hate needles. The whole being awake for the surgery is a terrifying thought to me as well. And one of my silliest fears for this surgery? What I might say under laughing gas. I imagine with my luck, I might start singing in very loud Korean or talk about the philosophy of abs. I’m already preparing for my inevitable embarrassment.
After researching, there are a few things that I have to remember:
- I have to stop eating 8 hours before the surgery
- I have to stop drinking liquids other than water 6 hours before the surgery
- I have to stop drinking entirely 2 hours before surgery
- After the surgery, NEVER use a straw!
- For the first 24 hours after the surgery, I can’t have anything that’s hot, citric, chewy, hard, caffeinated, carbonated, or has bits that could get stuck in the wounds
- For the first 24 hours after the surgery, I can’t rinse my mouth out at all
- After the first 24 hours after the surgery, I have to rinse my mouth with salt water every 2 hours and after I eat
- Hmm is there anything else??
After doing my research, I went and bought jello packs, pudding cups, popsicles, yogurt, ice cream, and various smooth soups. I feel pretty prepped for everything but the actual surgery. In a couple days, I guess we will find out if I really am ready.