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Dizziness and Exhaustion after Wisdom Tooth Extraction Still

Question Posted Sunday March 23 2008, 7:06 am

Hi there,
I had my upper wisdom tooth extracted last Monday (17/03) under a local anaesthetic, following nearly a week of intense pain which my friend, a dentist, initially thought was due to an abscess of or peridonitis. Before it was found to be tooth decay (he did not x-ray my teeth as he was on holiday at the time), he gave me a very short course of antibiotics (3days). At the same time, I was taking 2 nurofen every four hours. By the second day of taking the antibiotics I was waking up at night, my nightdress drenched in sweat and feeling quite ill (aside from my aching gums!). Also, everytime I moved my head in bed, I felt extremely dizzy, as though I'd stepped off a playground roundabout. My tooth was removed by another dentist after an x-ray found the tooth to be decay, and the pain stopped in my gum. However the nausea, sweating and dizziness continued until yesterday (22/03). Today, I don't feel as dizzy but I feel extremely tired and have no energy to get out of bed and generally quite down. Is this due to the tooth decay, nurofen, or to the antibiotics ?

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Brandi_S answered Sunday March 23 2008, 11:31 pm:
Well, I strongly suggest you call up Mr. Dentist immediately and describe what you are experiencing. It could be a number of things, including the possibility that the infection is still there.

I had an abscessed wisdom tooth that had to be treated with antibiotics, then extracted. I actually had all four extracted at that time.
I was put out under general anesthesia. I had pain and discomfort from the aching gums, but I experienced none of the other symptoms you are describing, other than being tired and groggy until the anesthesia completely wore off. (Which was, what? A day?)

I'm serious as a heart attack. Call the dentist. Since you likely went to an oral surgeon for the extraction, that is who you need to make the call to.


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LM answered Sunday March 23 2008, 8:09 pm:
Being tired is a common side effect of many medications. I wouldn't worry about it for now. I know that if I have a migraine for a few days, when it finally goes away I'm VERY tired and lightheaded from a lack of pain (if that makes any sense)

So, if the exhaustion continues for more than a few days I'd give your dentist a call. But for now, it's most likely all the medications you were taking getting out of your system.

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