If you are missing teeth and considering having dental implant surgery, you may be wondering if anesthesia is necessary and if so, what type will be used. For those who have anxiety about surgery, or dental appointments in general, the idea there may be pain involved, can be very disconcerting.
Dr. Mark Sowell is a Plano, TX dentist proudly offering comfortable, effective dental implant treatment. Learn more about sedation for dental implants.
Will I Be Sedated for Dental Implants?
Because the process of getting dental implants is an oral surgery, you will be given some form of anesthesia so that you remain comfortable during the procedure. Although you will be unable to feel what is happening during the surgery at all regardless of what type of anesthetic is used, some dental practices offer different forms of anesthesia that can place you into unconsciousness for the entire surgery. However, being completely unconscious is not really necessary for dental implants and brings with it additional risks and expenses.
The type of anesthesia you will receive depends upon how many implants you receive, the preference of your oral surgeon, and your own personal comfort level with dental treatment.
Determining the Type of Anesthetic
If you are only having one or two implants placed at one time, you will probably be comfortable under only local anesthetic. However, if you are lacking sufficient healthy jawbone tissue to support an implant, you may need a bone graft surgery to reinforce it. In this surgery, healthy bone tissue is harvested from elsewhere in your body and used to reinforce your jawbone tissue to support your implant. For this procedure, your oral surgeon may prefer to work with you under a general anesthetic that renders you unconscious.
Another option for sedation during a dental implant procedure is conscious sedation. This type helps you relax during your oral surgery and is often used in combination with the use of a local anesthetic. This type of sedative is usually administered as an oral medication or using nitrous oxide gas. With conscious sedation you remain aware of your surroundings and can respond to your doctor’s questions and instructions, but will be completely relaxed. Conscious sedation is a good choice for those who feel anxiety about dental procedures.
Though it may seem ideal to have your surgery under general anesthesia, it is not usually necessary and comes with greater risks and a longer recovery time. Local anesthesia is safer and less likely to be accompanied by unpleasant side effects. Be sure to review your options for sedation and anesthesia with Dr. Sowell or your area dentist so he or she can help you make the decision that is right for you.
Implants in Plano, TX
If you have damaged or missing teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution for restoring the appearance and function of your smile. Meanwhile, you can rest assured Dr. Sowell will do everything in his power to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible during the procedure.
To discuss if implants are the right solution for your smile, call Sensational Smiles, the office of Dr. Mark Sowell, in Plano, TX at (972) 382-6855 or schedule a complimentary consultation online today! We look forward to helping you smile your best smile!