Since implant surgery is an oral surgery procedure, you will require some kind of anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the process. The type of anesthesia used depends upon how many implants you are having placed, the preference of your oral surgeon, and your personal comfort levels.
Determining the Type of Anesthetic
If you are only having one or two implants placed, you might not require general anesthetic. Local anesthetic should be sufficient to keep you comfortable while your implants are placed. However, if you must have a bone graft in which bone is harvested from elsewhere in your body, your oral surgeon might prefer to work with you under a general anesthetic.
Another option for dental implant procedure is conscious sedation. Sedation helps you relax during your oral surgery and is often used in conjunction with local anesthetic. The sedative is typically administered in pill form or by using nitrous oxide. Sedation allows you to remain conscious, so you are aware of your surroundings and can respond to your doctor’s questions and instructions, but you will be completely relaxed, almost in a dream-like state. Conscious sedation is a great option for those who experience dental anxiety, or if you are particularly concerned about how you might react to implant surgery.
Though it might seem preferable to have your surgery under general anesthesia, it is generally unnecessary. Local anesthesia with or without conscious sedation is safer and less likely to produce unpleasant side effects. Be sure to discuss your anesthesia options with your oral surgeon to be sure you make the best choice for you.
Choosing Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can be an excellent option for replacement. Consulting with an implant dentist will help you decide if they’re a good choice for you. If you are in good overall health, do not smoke, do not have diabetes or an immune system disorder, and have sufficient mass in your jawbone to support implants, this might be the best way to restore your smile.
Contact our office at 817-552-3223 today and find out if dental implants are the right option for you.