Interested in getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth? Then you probably have lots of questions about how the procedure works.
Implants are inserted into the jawbone and require a 3-6 month healing period. Many patients wonder how invasive the implant surgery is and whether they will be unconscious during it.
Well, the short answer is that no, you’ll likely not be put to sleep during your implant surgery. If that sounds a bit shocking, keep reading to learn more.
Dental implant surgery sounds scary, but it’s not a very invasive procedure. The oral surgeon will make an incision into the gums to expose the bone and then insert the metal post in the jaw to replace the missing tooth’s root.
To make sure you don’t feel any pain during this process, you’ll be given a local anesthetic that completely numbs this area. This anesthetic is different from the spray you might get for simpler procedures like getting a cavity treated.
It’s an injection that provides a stronger numbing effect. Sedation, on the other hand, doesn’t affect your body’s ability to feel pain. Instead, it’s used to help patients relax and remain still during their procedures.
Dental sedation can be helpful for certain patients, such as those who:
You can be sedated for your implant surgery if you want, as a way to calm your nerves and ensure you can sit through your appointment.
But even if you’re sedated, you’ll most likely still be awake. There is only one type of oral sedation that puts patients to sleep, and it’s not often used for relatively simple procedures like implant surgery.
Here are your oral sedation options:
Don’t be nervous about getting dental implants.
Dr. Emily can help restore your smile with expert and compassionate implant services done under local anesthesia and even sedation if you need it.
Schedule an implant consultation at Wojtowicz Dental online and stop by to learn if you’re a good candidate.