*Most answers can be found in the Pre and Post-operative instructions pages.
Q. How long is it going to hurt?
A. Patients will have different case complexities as well as different healing abilities, but in general, days 3-5 after the procedure can be the most uncomfortable, and the soreness can last for a week or more. Following the post-op instructions and taking the pain medications as directed can greatly reduce the discomfort.
Q. When can I play sports/workout?
A. Dr. Johnson highly recommends that you avoid physical activity for 1 week.
Q. How long does the procedure take?
A. Including preparation and recovery time, the appointment will usually be 1.5-2 hours.
Q. Can I breastfeed after the procedure?
A. Please consult your OBGYN, but generally, yes. It is best to time your breastfeed sessions immediately before taking your next round of Ultracet.
Q. What is Dry Socket?
A. Dry socket is defined as excruciating pain with zero relief from pain medications. It is caused by the lack of a clot formation in the extraction site. It usually occurs between days 3-5. It is not an infection, does not affect long-term healing, and no treatment is necessary. Dry socket is not actually very common and most pain symptoms are related to normal healing. If the prescribed pain medications provide some relief, even if they don’t take away all of the pain, you do not have dry socket. If you feel that you have dry socket or just need some extra relief, please don’t hesitate to call your dental office.
Q. Can I smoke?
A. Yes, if you want dry socket :). Smoking sooner than 7 days after your procedure will greatly increase your overall discomfort, increase chances of infection, and almost guarantee a dry socket.
Q. Is IV sedation safe?
A. IV sedation is extremely safe when properly administered. The patient will be comfortable, relaxed, and in a dream-like sleep state and vital signs are continuously monitored. If necessary, the sedation can be reversed quickly with medications through the IV line.
Q. Is Dr. Johnson an Oral Surgeon?
A. No. Oral Surgeons are trained in advanced facial trauma reconstruction, jaw surgeries, and in treating patients with severe health issues. Dr. Johnson is a general dentist that graduated from an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program in the United States Air Force in 2006. It was in this program, where Dr. Johnson became trained and certified to perform wisdom teeth removal under IV sedation. He now has 10 years of experience performing these procedures at a high level and is also a faculty member for a wisdom teeth removal education program.
I was referred to Dr. Johnson to have my wisdom teeth extracted about 4 years ago. I was very nervous about the procedure due to my fear of needles and anything dental related. The thought of being sedated was a little overwhelming for me. On the day of surgery the scariest part for me was starting the IV and I really didn’t even feel it. I do not remember anything during surgery and am pleased to say after following his very detailed instructions for at home care I had very little pain or discomfort. During this whole experience, I discovered how interesting dentistry was. As soon as I got home I researched how to become a dental assistant and long story short, I got the amazing opportunity to start working for him less than a year later. I have had the privilege to have him as my personal dentist and teacher. I had the chance to work for him for about 2 years before having to move for my husbands job. I never would have thought that going to the dentist would end in a career choice. I can honestly say he is a great Doctor and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.- Linda