Do you need sedation for dental implants?
Our patients are usually surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures due to the use of sedation. Whether a single implant is required or multiple dental implants, a conscious sedation or general anesthesia are the best options for guaranteeing maximum comfort.
The treatment and care I received from Dr Ashish Deved for my implant was first class. Ash talked me through each step of the process and the implant looks and feels just like the real tooth it replaced. The whole procedure was straightforward and also for me pain free.
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The most common reason for putting off visiting the dentist is fear. Often, patients put up with unnecessary pain and discomfort for months until it becomes unbearable because they are afraid of visiting the dentist. An easily-remedied dental problem then becomes more difficult, more invasive and more costly to treat.
There are many reasons for this fear: a bad past experience, difficulty in getting numb with local anaesthetic, a phobia of the smells, sounds of the dental surgery, or sensitive teeth. Sometimes, there’s no logical explanation for the fear, but whatever the cause, sedation can make a big difference. Using IV sedation, you will be fully relaxed for the duration of your treatment, experiencing no pain and remembering little of the treatment afterwards. You will also be monitored continuously to ensure you are medically well.
At All Smiles we have an in-house anaesthetist, Dr Mano, who is also our Resuscitation Officer and undergoes all our CPR training. Dr Mano will sedate patients within safe guidelines, and the practice also has full resuscitation facilities in the unlikely event of an emergency.
How does sedation work?
If you opt for sedation, you will be given intravenous sedative drugs using safe and proven techniques. Our anaesthetist will administer an IV to enable medications for relaxation to enter your body. These drugs will quickly put you in a relaxed stated that is maintained and monitored for the duration of your treatment. This is not a ‘general anaesthetic’ like those administered in hospitals, as you will breathe on your own, but you won’t be aware of or remember any dental procedures or even getting numb. After the procedure is finished you’ll be brought round, and should have a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. The effects of IV sedation can last for five to six hours.
As well as helping nervous patients to relax, the use of IV sedation enables us to complete multiple procedures in one appointment, which otherwise may be too tiring or uncomfortable. It’s also very helpful for patients with a strong gag reflex that can otherwise make treatment difficult.
Reasons for having sedation
- Fear of dental treatment, dentists or the smells and sounds of the surgery
- History of traumatic dental experiences
- Very sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty opening the mouth for long periods
- Difficulty getting numb
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems or a need for dental surgery
- In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
- Have not received professional dental care for many years
- Get repeat prescriptions from different dentists or doctors for painkillers
- Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests
- Experienced sedation in the past that did not work well
IV sedation can help with all these problems, ensuring you get the dental treatment you need it when you need it, avoiding unnecessary pain and discomfort, and potentially more serious dental problems. Our anaesthetist Dr Mano regularly checks all equipment to ensure it is working properly, and can answer any questions you may have about IV sedation treatment.
What Patients Say About Dr Ash
The treatment and care I received from Dr Ashish Deved for my implant was first class. Ash talked me through each step of the process and the implant looks and feels just like the real tooth it replaced.
The implant has never caused me any pain or discomfort and has maintained my dental health by providing support for the adjoining teeth.
As nervous as I was initially and worry about the financial cost of this implant I never thought that I was going to do it. Now I am very please that I took the decision to come to see you
Wand – Painless Injections
We use the unique Wand system to administer any local anaesthetic required during treatment. The Wand delivers a steady, controlled flow of anaesthetic and vibrates to minimise the “bee sting” effect associated with standard needles.
Pain Free Surgery
Many patients are nervous about the concept of dental surgery, but with dental implants the procedure is actually very simple, fast and virtually pain-free. All of our staff are professional and caring, and will do everything possible to make your procedure stress-free. In most cases all you require is a local anaesthetic, although at the practice we do offer IV sedation under the care of our fully-qualified anaesthetist for particularly nervous patients.
If you find you are feeling nervous, please do tell us and we’ll do all we can to put you at ease.
The length of your appointment, and in some cases the number of appointments you need, will vary depending on your individual circumstances and how many dental implants you are having fitted. The number and length of appointments will be detailed in your treatment plan.