The appearance of the wisdom teeth is a major dental milestone. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, and they usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21. In some cases, the wisdom teeth get trapped under the gums or in the jaw, and can't erupt normally. These teeth are impacted, and they may need to be removed, explains the American Dental Association.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a routine procedure, and the Mayo Clinic reassures patients that most extractions don't cause long-term complications. However, short-term complications, like wisdom teeth nausea, may occur. Here's what patients need to know about wisdom teeth nausea.
Anesthesia May Cause Nausea
Wisdom teeth nausea may be caused by the anesthesia used during your procedure, says the National Health Service. Receiving general anesthesia (meaning that you sleep through your procedure) is fairly common. This type of nausea usually occurs in the first 24 hours after a procedure.
Medications for nausea, called antiemetics, may help. Other drugs that you're taking could interact with anti-nausea medication. Check with your dentist or doctor first to make sure it's safe for you to take a medication for nausea.
Nausea from Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a very common problem. An estimated 9 to 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of fear or anxiety. People with dental anxiety may feel uneasy during their dental appointments. Some people have a more serious condition, dental phobia, and can be panic-stricken before their appointments.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, getting your wisdom teeth removed can be very scary. The anxiety can make you feel nauseous while you're waiting for your appointment. Some people may continue feeling anxious even after the procedure is over.
If you're feeling anxious about your upcoming wisdom tooth extraction, talk to your dentist. Your dentist doesn't want you to be scared or in pain, and may able to take steps to make you more comfortable. The National Dental Hygiene Magazine for Dental Hygienist Professionals explains that noise-canceling headphones, warm blankets, relaxing music, or breathing exercises may help calm patients.
Nausea Associated with Pain
Anesthesia will keep you comfortable during the extraction, but when it wears off, you'll likely experience some discomfort and swelling. Pain can make you feel queasy.
To control the pain, rinse with a solution of warm water and salt for 30 to 60 seconds. The warm water is soothing on your sore tissues, and the salt promotes healing. Once you're feeling better, you can swish with your regular mouthwash again, like Colgate Total Advanced Health mouthwash.
Some types of strong pain medications, like narcotics, may cause you to feel sick to your stomach. The National Institutes of Health recommends taking your medication with food if this happens.
When to See a Dentist
If the pain medication you were prescribed is making you nauseous, even when you take it with food, see your dentist. Your dentist may recommend a different type of medication.
During your recovery, the pain, swelling and other symptoms should subside after a few days. If the opposite happens, and you're feeling worse as each day passes, see your dentist or oral surgeon for a follow-up visit. Feeling worse during recovery may be a sign of a complication like an infection or dry socket.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a routine procedure. If you experience any short-term complications, like nausea, you can most likely manage them with the help of your dentist or oral surgeon.