Our daughter is home for the holidays. What better way to spend the time than having her wisdom teeth extracted?!? We were hoping that she wouldn’t need to have this procedure done, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…
As I write this, she is taking a nap in the family room>>> still highly medicated from the morning’s earlier surgery. Our son had his wisdom teeth taken out when he was a little younger than she is, and we made several mistakes (that we learned from!) with his surgery.
For anyone looking at this process: consider the actual time of the surgery. I am so much happier with our daughter’s time of 8:30 AM. This way I can keep an eye on her all day long, making sure that everything is 100% OK before bedtime. My son did his own scheduling (mid-afternoon) which meant that I worried throughout the night and kept checking on him while he was asleep (more like “passed out” from the anesthesia.)
The other difference between their wisdom teeth procedures. My husband insisted that our son was an adult (over 18) and that he could handle the pre-op decisions. What a mistake that was! His oral surgeon actually had an “assembly line” going!!! He would anesthetize one patient, go extract another patient’s teeth, go work on another patient, ETC. All in all he had FOUR dental chairs going at the same time! (That explained how this particular dentist was able to work such a short week!) I insisted on going to the oral surgeon”s office with my daughter, and although I let her do most of the talking, I had a few questions of my own!
Anyway, I don’t mean to add one more worry to the already-long list of parental concerns for those of you who are parents of younger children, but I really don’t see the wisdom of wisdom teeth. I mean, if man can walk on the moon, why haven’t we evolved enough to no longer have those pesky molars in our mouths!