The advances of today’s dentistry have made it possible for patients with missing teeth to get a smile that is as natural as it gets.
We are talking, of course, about dental implants.
But, if just the thought of being in the dentist's chair sends shivers down your spine, then your anxiety may prevent you from getting the treatment you need. A lot of patients avoid booking their appointment because they are afraid of the pain that they may feel during the procedure.
There is a solution, though: you can be sedated while getting dental implants.
Here's what you need to know.
Types of Anesthetics Used
When it comes to sedation, most people immediately think of general anesthesia. However, that's not the only option. In fact, if you only need one or two implants, then general anesthesia is not really necessary.
Your dentist might use only a local anesthetic administered at the implantation site to eliminate any pain you may feel in that area.
But if your dental anxiety prevents you from getting the treatment you need, then our specialists will recommend something called "conscious sedation". As the name suggests, you will remain conscious throughout the procedure and will be able to respond to verbal commands from the dentist, but you will be completely relaxed.
To help you relax, the dentist will administer an anesthetic in the form of a pill or nitrous oxide gas. This substance is often accompanied by a locally administered anesthetic to eliminate the risk of you feeling any pain.
Is Sedation Safe?
Generally yes, sedation is safe. Some persons might not be able to benefit from it, such as those who are allergic to the sedative. In some cases, the medication you are taking can interfere with the sedation. That's why it's always best to let your dentist know if you are taking any prescription pills at the moment.
Many patients who visit us believe general anesthesia to be the safest method of sedation. The logic is that if they are out, then they will definitely not feel a thing.
However, this type of sedation comes with the highest risks, which is why your dentist will probably recommend other options.
Book Your Appointment Now
The first step you need to take if you’re suffering from a missing tooth is to contact a dentist and ask for advice because they know what is best for you and your needs.
The dentists in our team will make sure that you will feel absolutely no pain during the procedure and that you will be able to comfortably enjoy your visit.
Contact us now if you want to book your appointment or if you want to learn more about the services we provide. We are eager to answer your questions and help you regain your smile and your confidence.