The idea of undergoing a procedure requiring drills, titanium bolts, and the jawbone is enough to make your imagination run wild. Despite how horrifying the experience might seem, you will not feel any pain when you get your dental implants placed. Here are two of the main types of sedation that will be available to you:
For most dental implant patients, local anesthesia is sufficient for getting through the placement part of the procedure. There will be a slight needle prick in the area where your implant is placed. You will not experience any discomfort until after the procedure is done. At that point, over-the-counter pain pills can be used to alleviate the pain. If needles are an issue for you and not the procedure itself, speak to your dentist about oral options for pain relief and sedation. Even though an oral option will require you to spend more time at your appointment, it will help you avoid needles.
If you are in a situation where you will need more than one implant, your dentist might suggest general anesthesia. Typically, it is not required, even when as many as eight dental implants need to be placed. You can survive the placement, from start to finish, with local anesthesia and not feel any severe level of discomfort. For general anesthesia, your dentist, and possibly your primary care physician, will assess your current health and medical history to determine whether or not it is a safe option for you. If you fear not being able to comfortably sit through the entire procedure, talk to your dentist about other possible sedation options. You can take local anesthesia and an additional sedative to feel more relaxed and sit through the procedure without being put to sleep.
After learning more about sedation, do not hesitate to speak to your dentist to find out which option would be more suitable for you.
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