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Oral Surgery

From: EKG


My son (16 years old) was at work and hit his "funny bone" and felt like warm water was being poured on his head. He then fell to the floor and supposedly jerked a few times and then came to. We took him to the doctor who perfomed sleep deprived EEG and said that he may have had a very slight seizure, that the EEG showed some focal points. He went on with life and had not other symptoms until he was 19 and was having his wisdom teeth out. He was having them removed by an oral surgeon under general anesthesia and was quite nervous about being put under anesthesia (more than the actual teeth removal). Everthing went well until just as they were pushing the anesthetic through the IV, he just slumped in the chair. The doctor said he just passed out and it happens quite frequently to patients who are uptight about the procedure. He was only out for about 10 seconds and the doctor had him talk to me so that I would know he was okay. Now I wonder if the first episode of so called focal seizure was a vaso vegal response. I fear going back to the doctor for more tests for him because he has had no other episodes and the labeling of epilepsy can ruin a young man's life. Anyone else had similar experiences with oral surgery and fainting?

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