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Frequently Asked Questions
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What types of anesthesia do you offer?

In our office we strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible and have several anesthetic options in conjunction with local anesthesia (numbing) like IV Sedation/general anesthesia (twilight sleep) and Nitrous Oxide. back to top »

Are those sedative options safe?

Yes, very safe. Dr. Sherwood is specially trained to administer IV medication and both he and his staff are highly trained and equipped to handle any emergencies that could arise. back to top »

How do I prepare if I want to be sedated?

It is necessary to have nothing to eat or drink for six hours prior to your appointment, you may take your regular medications with a small sip of water. Since the medications we administer  will alter your perception it is mandatory that you bring someone to drive you home.. back to top »

How long does it take to have your  wisdom teeth removed?

It is often very difficult to predict the exact time a surgery will take, generally it takes approximately 30-45 minutes to remove all four wisdom teeth. After the procedure you will remain at our office until we feel you are ready to be discharged which usually averages about one half hour after. back to top »

How do I take care of myself after the procedure?

Please see our instructions under our "post operative instructions" heading. Before you are discharged all your instructions will be reviewed and you will be given an instruction sheet to take home. back to top »

I have an unusual spot in my mouth, what could that be?

It is very difficult to make a diagnosis on an oral lesion without actually seeing the lesion and taking a biopsy (small piece) to look at under a microscope. "Spots" can be caused by many things some as simple as an irritation or as serious as a cancerous lesion. If you notice a "spot" do not hesitate to make an appointment for an evaluation. back to top »

What is a dry socket?

In the first stage of healing a clot forms in the socket, if the clot becomes dislodged you can experience symptoms of a dry socket, which include a throbbing, aching pain. This will usually occur 4-6 days after your surgery. A dry socket is not an infection, but a delay in the healing process, treatment is usually a medicated packing to help relieve symptoms while going through this healing phase. back to top »

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