The decision between General Anaesthesia (GA) and Local Anesthesia (LA) for wisdom tooth surgeries varies from individual to individual. Unable to decide what’s best for you?
If you are so terrified that you might have a meltdown…
Solution: General Anesthesia
If you cannot keep calm during your wisdom tooth surgery, there is simply no way that the dentist can perform a successful surgery. Your well-being is the top priority. No medical professional will conduct a surgical procedure if you have difficulty maintaining your composure.
If you want to keep cost minimal…
Solution: Local Anesthesia
General Anesthesia requires an anesthesiologist to be present at your surgery. This means additional cost. General Anesthesia also requires more medication to sedate your consciousness.
If time efficiency is your main concern…
Solution: It doesn’t matter which you choose
If you’re able to stay calm, you can opt to take all of your wisdom tooth extractions at the same time under Local Anesthesia. This depends on the judgment of your dentist as each wisdom tooth extraction is unique. If your dentist recommends that you do it under General Anesthesia, it is best to take his advice.
If you treat your body like a ‘temple’…
Solution: Preferably Local Anesthesia
Wisdom tooth extraction surgeries are classified as minor. GA is not necessary for minor surgeries, unlike major ones such as open-heart surgery. Undergoing GA can disrupt your body:
Quick Comparison Between LA & GA
Whether you choose LA or GA, a highly important factor attributing to the success of the surgery would be the skills of the doctor. We would highly recommend finding one whom you feel comfortable sounding your concerns out to, and is not pushy with his suggestions!
Special thanks to Tooth Angels for the information on deep sedation.