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What happens during a wisdom teeth removal?

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It should take 45 minutes or less. You'll get anesthesia so you don't feel anything. It could be:

Local: The doctor numbs your mouth with a shot of anesthetic in your gums. You may also breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

IV sedation: The doctor numbs your mouth and gives you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You might sleep the whole time.

General: You’ll get drugs through a vein or breathe gas through a mask. You’ll sleep through the surgery.

If the surgeon has to cut your gums or bone to pull the teeth out, he’ll close the wound with a few stitches. These go away after a few days. He may also stuff gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.

Reviewed by Evan Frisbee on January 24, 2020

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