Ouch! I've never heard of being awake for wisdom teeth removal. I had three removed when I was in high school, but they couldn't find the fourth one. Also had two baby teeth removed around the same time that were causing problems, because the adult replacements never showed up.
It was at this point I suspected I might be a mutant. ;)
This was soon followed by several years of painful orthodontics, elastics that made it hard to talk, and a retainer designed to "train" my tongue to not laterally thrust against my teeth. "Lateral tongue thruster" sounds really kinky now that I think about it.
Damn retainer would stink really quickly if I ate with it in, and McD's french fries would make it unbelievably gooey for some reason. The braces conducted cold as well. I wasn't rid of the damn things until I was almost through college.
In the mid 70's, I was treated for a benign tumor deep inside my upper gums by a dentist that could have given Steve Martin's dentist from Little Shop of Horrors a run for his money. A nasty person like that shouldn't be allowed to treat children.
I suspect another dentist from the early 80's of needlessly putting fillings in, as I've not had cavities since then.
I am very thankful I have an honest and kind dentist today. He looks disappointed when he can't find anything amiss with my choppers though.