Wisdom TeethPainfree dentistry without fear
Wisdom teeth often start to appear around the late teens or early twenties. The issue is that our mouths sometimes simply can't accommodate them and they become impacted – or butted up hard against other teeth and the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth area serious issue due to the problems they cause like infection, misaligned teeth, crowding, damage to adjacent teeth and cysts. The surgery is very common and it's best to deal with wisdom teeth before they become a problem.
Unfortunately when impacted wisdom teeth need removing they need to be surgically removed. Your dentist will generally recommend a general anaesthetic due to the work involved. Unfortunately, a GA for many often involves the cost of going to a Day Surgery or a hospital. If you are a patient who does not have private health cover this can be an expensive exercise.
Fortunately at Dr Walker’s surgery we can offer intravenous sedation in-house. Therefore your wisdom teeth can be removed without incurring high costs. For patients whose wisdom teeth require greater surgical intervention we have our own outpatient General Anaesthetic facility for the removal of these teeth and you can avoid the high costs of a hospital visit.
Wisdom Teeth Cost
Surgical removal of wisdom teeth can cost from $ 249.00 to $ 482.00 per tooth depending on the complexity such as the difficulty of the impaction, the age of the patient and the time it will take.
For highly complex wisdom teeth a higher resolution radiograph may be needed and further costs may incur.
Having Nitrous oxide, Intravenous Sedation or General Anaesthesia will add to the wisdom teeth removal costs.
Dr Walker is a certified Dental Board Sedation Practitioner. We provide Intravenous Sedation and General Anaesthesia in our rooms which provide considerable cost savings to the patients especially if they do not have private health cover because going to a private hospital or day surgery can easily add a thousand dollers ($ 1000.00) to the cost. For example a comparison cost approximately for say a 21 year old patient presenting with two severely infected lower third molars (wisdom teeth) is:
General Anaesthesia in Day Surgery
(these fees are estimated as of January 2010)
Theatre and recovery costs
$800.00 - $1000.00
(Medicare rebate $246.00)
Intravenous Sedation at MPW Dentistry
Theatre and recovery costs
Dr Walker Intravenous Sedation
To diagnose the difficulty of your wisdom teeth you need a good quality OPG (full face radiograph) preferably not more than 6months old. We can refer you to a radiologist prior to the appointment. No diagnosis can be made without this.
As a clinic consultation is required at a cost of $98.00
On arrival you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire of your details and medical history
This is important so that we can take better care of you
At the consultation we will examin your mouth , and review the radiographs and discuss which method of treatment you wish to have your wisdom teeth surgically removed whether you choose to be awake to have Nitrous Oxide (happy gas ) , Intravenous Sedation or General Anaesthesia. We are a certified Dental Board Sedation practice. We provide Intravenous Sedation and General Anaesthetics in our rooms this provides considerable cost savings to the patient compared to going to a private day surgery.
If your choice is Intravenous Sedation or General Anaesthesia one of our staff who are a registered nurse will review your blood pressure and check your pulse oxymetry in preparation for your surgery.
At the end of this consultation we will be able to give a more accurate estimate of costs.
Things that we will provide for you
- A full review of your wisdom teeth surgery and possible complications.
- A written review of complications and consent for you to sign to insure that you have a complete and comfortable understanding of the procedure
- Wisdom teeth removal by Dr Walker and not referred to a third party.
- Prescriptions for Antibiotics and analgesics for post healing period.
- Intravenous Sedation and General Anaesthesia review of suitability and consent so that we may care for you through the procedure as best as possible.
- Review of post- operative care instructions for all treatment proposed.
- A mobile number you can contact Dr Walker after your procedure if you have any post operation questions or complications you can access him.
- Follow up phone call the next day to ensure you are doing well.
- Review of your healing in surgery about 10 days later to make sure you are doing well.
Please note that these fees are an approximation and estimated as of 12.05.2010 and these will change with time.
We are a certified Dental Board Sedation practice offering Intravenous Sedation on a daily basis unlike other practices that bring in an anaesthetist on a monthly basis to perform their sedations. We receive referrals from many dentists for sedation & General Anaesthesia. So if you enquire elsewhere please ensure, for your security, that it is to a dental board approved practice.
We offer General Anaesthesia on a regular basis at our rooms and we are one of the very, very few in the Sydney metropolitan area.