Fortunately, it went very well. The dentist gave me a local anesthetic, so I was awake for it. She did an amazing job. It was almost completely pain free, and it was over in about 15 minutes, max.
Now, just about a month ago, I had a truly horrific experience at the dentist. One of my molars cracked. I had previously had a root canal on it, so the tooth was brittle, and I assumed it would have to be removed. I wasn't worried about it at all, because having my wisdom teeth removed went so well. This time I went to a different dentist. Big mistake. In the waiting room, I explained to his dental assistant why I was there. Then when I walked into the operating room, not only was I surprised at the fact that he had the television on, but it also happened to be tuned to Fox News.
Anyway, he then poked around in my mouth for a second, and then decided he didn't even need to take an x-ray. I thought that was weird, but I went with it, because I assumed he knew what he was doing. He got started by injecting some local anesthetic...in the wrong part of my mouth. But again, though I thought it was weird, I just assumed he knew what he was doing. Then...he started working on the wrong tooth. So I stopped him before he got too far. By the way, up until now, he would periodically pause his work so he could glance at Glenn Beck scribbling on a chalkboard.
So now he's obviously feeling a little frantic. I didn't get the impression that he was even upset about having made a mistake like that, more that he was frustrated at having wasted so much time, and he just wanted to rush to get this over with. So much so that, when he began working on the correct tooth, he didn't even bother to use that swab to numb my gums before inserting the needle in. He just jammed the thing in there. He gave it a few minutes to take effect, and then he started working on removing the tooth. Only, he didn't use enough anesthetic, and I was in a lot of pain as he tried to break my tooth apart. I was crying out in pain, but he just ignored it and kept working, seemingly only concerned with getting this done as quickly as possible. Finally the dental assistant asked me if I was saying "ow" because I was in pain, or because I just felt pressure.
So after confirming that I was in pain, he still just continued working on the tooth for probably about another 30 seconds. Eventually I guess he got tired me of crying out in pain, so he injected me with more anesthetic. Except he didn't even wait for it to take effect. He just instantly went back to work. So the extra anesthetic wound up doing virtually nothing.
So finally, he got the tooth out, and then stuffed some gauze in my mouth, and told me to bite down. I couldn't really bite down, because the area was still really painful. So then he disappeared for a few minutes. And when he returned, he said he was done. I was shocked. When I had my wisdom teeth taken out, the dentist stitched the wound closed. I don't know if that's standard, or if that dentist just went the extra mile. But this dude actually told me that he estimated that the wound was about an inch deep, and to me, that would seem like a situation where you should sew it up.
Not only that, he didn't even prescribe any medication. Not a painkiller, not an antibiotic, not a medicated oral rinse--all of which the dentist who took out my wisdom tooth sent me home with. He told me to take some tylenol if I was in any pain. That's it.
All in all, it was the archetypal nightmare dental experience, I'd say.
The moral of the story is: oral surgery doesn't have to be scary or painful. Just make extra sure that the work is being done be a GOOD DENTIST. Find one that's going to take care of you, one who actually gives a shit about doing a good job, and who cares about their patients. If you do, all will go well.
Life is suffering.
I'm slowly getting used to it.
I got lucky. A couple years ago I had to have one pulled and it was done in such a way that other than minor soreness and a little bit of bleeding I was pain-free. I never had to use the Vicodin and I was glad for that as I hear that stuff can be addicting.
I also remember way back Ben Morgan had to do a procedure and man was he crying the entire time before and after the procedure in fear of anticipatory pain that never occurred. What a big baby he was that day.
I never had to get mine taken out and it's been about 16 years or so since they came in.
I think having a big head makes having wisdom teeth pulled out easier. My head is big enough to accomadate the teeth, I had to get it removed because I ingnored a cavity and was told the teeth had to go. Hence the pain free experience as the doctor had room to work.