The Importance of Anesthesia During a Dental Implant
Posted on 10/25/2021 by Candice
Performing a dental implant is relatively tedious. To successfully ensure a patient is comfortable through the entire process, our dental surgeon administers anesthesia. This reduces discomfort and pain to ensure the patient's mind is at ease during the entire dental implant procedure.
The decision on which anesthesia to use is between you and our surgeon. We always inform our patients about the types of anesthesia we use and how each type of anesthesia interacts with our bodies before we give them a chance to decide which anesthesia they want. At times, our professionals may make the decision for you.
Types of Anesthesia used on Implants
In most cases, during a dental implant, we will administer a local anesthetic to reduce the discomfort felt on that particular part of the body. The anesthesia used is similar to the one used during tooth pulling or crown placing. The patient is usually wide awake during this procedure but cannot feel pain. If you have trouble with anxiety, you can talk to our periodontist about using a sedative.
We may occasionally use a local anesthetic with nitrous oxide during a dental implant procedure, which you may know by its more common name, as the “laughing gas.” The gas is usually administered using a mask mounted on the nose and mouth to achieve relaxation.
If you need more than one implant, our dental surgeon will advise on the use of general anesthesia. A general anesthetic allows our dental surgeons to perform complex procedures that take a longer time to complete. Patients are completely unconscious and unaware of anything happening around them. Your medical background and health will determine if you qualify for this anesthetic.
The decision on which anesthesia we use is usually discussed during our dental consultations. To ensure that you get the best from our dental surgeons, we encourage you to ask as many questions as possible. After discussing the options available to you, our team of professionals will relay the best procedure needed for the surgery.
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