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Will my dentist put me to sleep? 5 FAQS answered about oral surgery and extractions

Whether you need an extraction due to impaction or decay, it can be a somewhat daunting experience.


In a regular dental practice, oral extractions and general dental surgery are quite common and can be performed for several reasons. Typically it is used as a means of extracting teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment or to relieve the pressure caused by an impacted wisdom tooth. As dental implants have grown in popularity, many people are undertaking dental surgeries to have them fitted, meaning more people than ever before are asking our team questions about surgical procedures.

At Deakin Dental, our dentist in Canberra has performed numerous dental surgeries; everything from simple extractions to more complex cases such as wisdom tooth removal. Also trained in the fitting of dental implants, our team will try to ensure that your extraction or surgical procedure is performed without a hitch, allowing you to recover without any secondary complications.

But what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our dentist in Canberra answers about dental surgeries and extractions? Read on to find out!

Will I be given a sedative?

If you are a nervous patient, then the idea of undertaking an extraction may seem daunting.

Our dentist in Canberra will be able to offer you either nitrous oxide sedatives (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation which will help you to feel more relaxed during the surgery.

If you are undertaking IV sedatives, you will need to bring a family member or friend along to escort you home and you should refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours.

Will I need stitches?

Potentially, depending on the underlying surgery being performed, our team may decide to apply stitches to ensure a faster healing time. They may need to be removed after a few weeks by our team or they may be dissolvable.

Is there extra care needed for wisdom tooth removal?

If your wisdom teeth are removed, you may need to use over-the-counter pain relief for a while, as this surgery is quite uncomfortable.

Try to keep the area clean with saltwater and if you suspect you have a dry socket at any time following the extraction, contact our team for an emergency appointment.

My mouth keeps bleeding after the surgery- what should I do?

If your mouth bleeds for longer than 20 minutes (with the application of gauze and pressure), you need to contact our team for an emergency appointment. We will stop the bleeding by using either a surgical glue or we may need to apply stitches.

How long will it take the extraction site to heal?

This will depend on the surgery that was performed to extract the tooth; if it was a simple extraction, the site could take up to 2 weeks to completely heal.

However, if the tooth was below the gum line and a surgical extraction was required, this could take up to 4 weeks to heal completely and may require stitches. With oral implant fittings, the site can take between 3-6 weeks to heal.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

This entry was posted in Dentist on January 4, 2021 by deakin dental.

Looking for a new dentist in Canberra? 5 reasons to join Deakin Dental

Dental care and dental visits should not feel like a chore.


When you are reminded that it is time to attend your biannual check-up, you shouldn’t feel apathy or dread. A trip that revolves around dental hygiene can and should be fun!

No, we aren’t joking! And at Deakin Dental, we aim to make every trip that you make to us as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.

At Deakin Dental, our dentist in Canberra we will take every care to ensure that you and your family are looked after in our surgery. We offer a comprehensive introductory package for all new patients, allowing you to get the most out of your first check-up with us. Coupled with the advice we offer all of our patients relating to dental care, what more could you want in dental surgery?

Of course, this isn’t all we have to offer new patients at Deakin Dental! Here, our dentist in Canberra runs down some of the other advantages of joining our surgery.

Emergency dentistry

We know that from time to time, your teeth may run on their own schedule.

And, should you wake up with a throbbing tooth or lost filling, our emergency dentist in Canberra will make time for you by staying late or altering our appointment schedule to get you out of discomfort.

After all, we want to make sure you are able to carry on with your day-to-day life as usual, and if that means we stay late after regular hours, so be it!

Online guides

In recent times, more services have become available online in light of the events surrounding social distancing.

And, while you can’t really get a tooth filled online, our team at Deakin Dental is proud to be able to offer our patients a range of online PDF guides, which cover an array of different areas in dentistry.

Everything from a guide on root canal treatment to tips on bleaching your teeth at home, we have written jargon-free guides to help you better understand these procedures.

Nervous patients

While we will always try to make your trip to our surgery fun, we know that for some people a trip to a dental surgery can set off an anxiety response.

Therefore, our team takes great pride in looking after those who need a bit of encouragement to get into the dental chair, by offering you music to listen to, a television to watch or sedative options.

Online forms

At Deakin Dental, we have removed the annoyance of sitting in a waiting room with a clipboard filling out a form whilst trying to remember your medical history from scratch.

Using our website, you can download and complete the new patient forms, along with your medical history and simply send them to us when you are done.

Friendly team

Regardless of whether you are a new patient or have been with us before, our team will always aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome when you come to Deakin Dental.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

This entry was posted in Dentist on December 1, 2020 by deakin dental.

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