Dental implant FAQs
Sedation at DentalCarePlus dental implant centres
What type of sedation is available for dental implant surgery?
Pain control for dental implant surgery is uncomplicated; in the majority of dental implant cases for most patients, a local anaesthetic will be sufficient.
Most people will be anxious to some degree, yet some people are more anxious or nervous than others. For patients who are very nervous or suffer a high degree of anxiety, there are a number of effective ways to counter the anxiety.
Some dentists may employ a ‘relative analgesia’ where the patient inhale a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a mask placed over the nose. We do not use this at DentalCarePlus
A simple means to help relaxation is to be provided a dose of medication such as Temezapam (sometimes used for sleeping problems). For most patients, this will lessen the anxiety. This is usually a very good option for the simpler surgical treatments with a shorter duration.
Conscious sedation / IV sedation
For ‘dental phobic’ patients and those who suffer a high degree of anxiety, or perhaps patients who are about to embark on a long and complex surgical treatment, a more controlled way of maintaining relaxation may be recommended.
‘Conscious sedation’ is different from a general anaesthetic, because the patient remains alert throughout the treatment, conscious enough to answer the dentist’s instructions, which help the surgery go more smoothly. However, patients will not remember the treatment.
‘Conscious sedation’ is beneficial for long and complex surgical procedures. For a ‘conscious sedation’ a controlled quantity of sedative is delivered through a vein in your arm or hand for as long as the treatment takes. It is a very safe procedure during which your heart rate and oxygen levels are monitored throughout by an anaesthetist.
With conscious sedation, a normal dental local anaesthetic also used around the dental implant sites. Most patients do not remember the local anaesthetic being given since the sedation has already taken effect.
What do you have to do before a sedation treatment?
For all surgical procedures needing either oral sedation or conscious IV sedation, you will have some pre and post surgery instructions.
You will also need to arrive and leave the clinic accompanied.
Dental implant related treatments and general anaesthesia
General anaesthesia requires a hospital admission – typically employed in complex dental implant cases, such as bone grafting from the hip to the areas of mouth where the implants need to be placed.
With this in mind, the majority of patients do not a general anaesthetic since conscious sedation is usually a better option – safer, with less post-operative problems.