Used to describe arduous, uncomfortable tasks, phrase, “like pulling teeth,” might make a dental implant patient wonder if placing teeth is just as grueling as pulling them. It turns out, having teeth placed is a lot more comfortable and often takes less time than having teeth pulled. Yet, having dental implants placed isn’t a completely pain-free process. Take a look at what goes into placing dental implants and find out how much pain you can expect from the dental implant placement procedure.
How You’ll Feel During the Procedure
If you can get past the needle, you’ll be given a dose of a local anesthetic that’ll numb the implant site, or sites. It’s a quick prick of a needle, but there are other solutions if you’re one of the many people who balk at needles.
If you have a fear of needles, a fear of dental procedures or an especially sensitive gag reflex, be sure to ask your dentist about these common sedation options your dentist will likely offer:
Oral sedation: if you have a fear of needles, taking a sedative orally can help keep you calm before you’re given your shot of local anesthesia. Because this sedative is administered orally, it’ll take a bit of time for it to kick in. So it could extend your appointment time.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): with a quicker onset than an oral sedative, nitrous oxide, administered through a face mask, can help wipe away your worries quickly.
IV sedation: if you can bear needles but can’t tolerate sitting still for a while or have a fear of dental drill, IV sedation is the best way to keep you calm ahead of your procedure. IV sedation is the most customizable form of dental sedation, as your dentist can measure out a dose specifically for you and your needs.
Find Out More from a Dentist in Venice, FL
Take a moment to choose a day and time to meet with a local dentist in Venice, FL or in Sarasota, FL to learn more about your options for getting dental implants or for answers to any other questions about dentistry.