If you’re like many people before they undergo their first dental implant procedure, you’re probably a little bit nervous. But we’re here to tell you that there’s nothing to fear from dental implantation, thanks to our options in relaxing sedation! Today’s dental implant procedures aren’t what your grandparents had to endure. In fact, with local anesthesia and IV sedation, you will relax comfortably throughout the entire treatment. General anesthesia is available as needed. Learn more about sedation for your Houston dental implant procedure today!
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry makes use of some of the most popular relaxing medications to help patients enjoy their dental appointments without any fear or discomfort. Patients who experience severe dental anxiety can benefit from sedation dentistry for something as simple as a checkup and cleaning. For more invasive, complex procedures like dental implant placement, sedation dentistry is invaluable.
The benefits of sedation dentistry include…
- Allows patients to relax throughout the procedure
- Customizable to meet the needs of each individual patient
- Available to most patients
- Safe and effective
- Sedative effects wear off quickly
Types of Sedation for Implant Procedures
At Piney Point Dental Implant Center, we offer three methods of anesthesia for dental implant procedures. Local anesthesia at the site of implantation will be combined with IV sedation or general anesthesia to remove sensation, ease nerves, and help you relax through your upcoming procedure.
- Local anesthesia: An injection administered directly to the site where implantation will occur. Local anesthesia removes sensation in the jaw, so there is no feeling or pain throughout the implantation procedure.
- IV sedation: Administered in the crook of the arm or the back of the hand, IV sedation goes directly into the bloodstream and takes effect quickly. Levels of the medicine are easily monitored throughout the treatment to ensure you remain completely comfortable and at-ease. Patients remain conscious, but are completely removed from the sensations of what’s going on around them.
- General anesthesia: Usually reserved for the most complex cases, general anesthesia offers the deepest level of sedation as patients are unconscious throughout the procedure. Thanks to our state-of-the-art facilities and expert approach, we can provide safe, effective general anesthesia that’s the same as what you would get in the hospital, but at a greatly reduced cost.
Coming Out of Sedation
After your dental implant procedure, you will be given all the time you need to fully regain alertness before we send you on your way. Plan to have someone escort you home and check on you for the first 24 hours following your surgery, especially if you had general anesthesia. You will remain groggy for the rest of the day, but should be feeling back to normal soon. Most patients do not remember anything from their time under sedation (and people undergoing general anesthesia won’t at all). Your dentist will give you instructions on what to eat during recovery, but you should wait to eat or drink anything at all until all numbness has worn off in the jaw.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Are you dreading your upcoming dental implant procedure? There’s no reason to with options in sedation dentistry. Plus, you’ll be one big step closer to enjoying your complete, beautiful smile. Contact Piney Point Dental Implant Center to schedule an appointment with your oral surgeon today!