Ever since you lost some of your teeth, you’ve been thinking about using dental implants to fill the gap with strong, stable prosthetics. However, when your dentist in Colorado Springs explained that the procedure would require surgery, you became nervous; will the procedure hurt? Not necessarily! Thanks to multiple forms of dental sedation, it’s easier than ever for dentists to keep their patients comfortable during dental implant placement. Read on to learn more about the dental implant process – and why the surgery is nothing to fear!
What Happens During the Dental Implant Process?
When the time comes to have your dental implants placed in your mouth, the dentist will open your gums and make small holes in select locations in your jaw. The titanium implant posts will then be placed in these holes. Over several months, the implant naturally joins with the bone through osseointegration, essentially becoming part of the body; once this is done, you’ll go back to the dentist’s office to receive an abutment, and eventually you’ll receive the crown or other restoration that will serve as a replacement tooth with the implants acting as roots. In other words, you can expect to undergo multiple procedures at different points when getting dental implants.
How Can You Relax During Dental Implant Surgery?
If you have dental anxiety or are just generally nervous about any discomfort you might experience during a procedure, don’t worry! Your dentist will select a form of sedation designed to help you stay relaxed and as comfortable as possible throughout the surgery. Common options include:
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is an excellent fast-acting option for keeping anxiety and pain under control, and unlike other types of sedation, it will let you drive yourself home afterwards.
- Oral Sedation: You’ll be given a pill some time before the procedure. The medication will make you feel extremely relaxed and groggy, but you’ll still be conscious enough to interact with the dentist as needed.
- IV Sedation: With this method, the medication is delivered directly to your veins. The level of sedation can be adjusted throughout the surgery depending on your needs.
The type of sedation you receive depends on both your personal comfort levels and the extent of the procedure itself. For example, someone who’s receiving multiple dental implants immediately after a tooth extraction might need a stronger form of sedation than someone who simply needs one dental implant placed.
If you’re still feeling nervous about your dental implant procedure, don’t hesitate to call your dentist; they can listen to your concerns and suggest additional steps that could help put you at ease. That way, you’ll be able to look forward to a future with your fully restored smile!
About the Author
Out of 25 years of experience as a dentist, Dr. Richard A. Cea has spent 18 of them serving the Colorado Springs community with exceptional care enhanced by state-of-the-art technology and continuing education. As a proud member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists as well as the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, he’s an expert in performing dental implant placements while controlling his patients’ discomfort. To schedule an appointment at his practice, Springs Dental Care, visit his website or call (719) 637-1772.