A lot of patients have doubts about dental implant sedation until they come in and try it for themselves. Where do these doubts come from and how can they be dissolved so that you can have a relaxing, painless dental experience?
Eliminating Your Doubts About Dental Implant Sedation
There are really two fundamentally things going on when patients worry about sedation during an upcoming implant procedure. First is the fear of that the implants themselves will be painful and, secondly, patients have a concern about being unconscious during the procedure.
As the majority of patients come to realize, the second fear is unfounded since sedation during an implant procedure usually doesn't require more than localized anesthetics (e.g., Novocaine) and/or mild to moderate conscious sedation.
Conscious sedation means that you're put in a relaxed, comfortable state during the implant procedure. You may experience the implant procedure itself as going by a little quicker, and your memory of the procedure might be patchy. Even with moderate sedation, though, you will remain conscious yet feel little (if any) pain while your implants are installed.
Actually one of the reasons that people have doubts about employing sedation during their implant procedure is that they've never had implants installed before. We naturally have concerns about what we haven't yet experienced: This reaction is completely understandable.
While this is normal way to feel about your upcoming implant procedure, there are a few things that you should know about dental implants, sedation and the safety of both of those practices.
The more you know about the excellent safety profiles of single implants, multiple implants made possible with a fixed bridge, and the sedation that allows patients to fearlessly embrace dental implant sedation, the better.
Sedation During Implant Procedures
Often our fears can be magnified when we're confronted with a brand-new situation or one that's outside of our everyday experience. And that's OK. The thing to realize upfront is that thousands of dental implants are performed every year to give people back their smiles, improve their facial structure, and significantly improve their ability to chew food.
Although dental cavities can cause you to lose some of your teeth - and since, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, dental cavities remain the most pervasive form of chronic disease among both child and adult populations - dental implants have been hailed as one of the most important innovations yet in the world of smile restoration.
Having multiple teeth restored with a fixed bridge can significantly rejuvenate patients' smiles and correct much of the damage that results from severely decayed or missing teeth. This is really a godsend for the 35 million Americans who are missing all of their teeth and over half the US population (i.e., more than 175 million Americans) who are missing one or more teeth.
The Myths and the Facts
Knowing that help is available if you are one of these patients often comes as a huge relief to patients. In fact, a large cause of patients' fear is the doubt that nothing can be done to correct their smiles this late in life.
Another fear is that, even with the recent advanced in sedation dentistry in general and implant sedation dentistry in particular, the procedure will be too long, painful or costly to be worth the effort.
As it turns out these fears are unfounded since dental implants are affordable and, with the help of sedation dentistry, often significantly less painful than anticipated by patients going into the procedure.
Some patients might even worry about the durability of the results, which they shouldn't since dental implants are secured to your natural jawbone with the help of a very strong titanium post designed to hold the implants firmly in place. A fixed bridge for multiple teeth, a crown or even dentures can then be affixed to these posts to give you a gorgeous smile.
While it's true that dental implant sedation does require a longer recuperative period for some patients compared to other dental procedures, the results are long lasting. Another thing that you should be aware of upfront is that, because of advances in sedation dentistry, you can have more implants installed at one time.
Dentists are trained and licensed to administer localized anesthetic and nitrous oxide sedation to patients by their state's dental boards. Sedation given during an implant procedure can also be calibrated in real-time to fit the evolving needs of patients and ensure a more peaceful experience.
Lastly, dentists are often required to take continuing education courses on the latest sedation techniques and protocols to stay abreast of current research. So, do you have any lingering doubts?