For some people, going to the dentist can be an anxious time and they may even put off dental treatment. It is not uncommon to be nervous about visiting the dentist, especially if patients happen to be visiting for dental implants.
Dental implants in North London are a good tooth replacement option for many patients and they are available by many dental practices, including Adams Dental. However, quite a few patients may be wondering what makes them ideal for patients who happen to be nervous or anxious.
Compared to other types of reconstructive dentistry that require oral surgery, dental implants are less painful and the treatment itself entails minimal discomfort. In many cases, pulling a tooth or root canal treatment, can be substantially more painful than receiving dental implants.
Sedation options for nervous patients
The placement of dental implants is a relatively comfortable procedure under local anaesthetic; however, some bruising, swelling or mild discomfort can be expected over the following days. These side-effects can be alleviated with standard pain medication.
Patients who get nervous about dental implants in North London, can benefit from oral or IV sedation. Both methods are extremely safe. Oral sedation involves taking a pill prior to the operation. Patients who opt for oral sedation will be able to talk and breathe on their own through the surgery. It also makes long and complex procedures seem shorter, allowing patients have all their dental work done in a single visit. As an added precaution, a local anaesthetic will also be administered by the dentist, in order to ensure that there is no pain of discomfort.
IV sedation, on the other hand, involves administering the sedative straight into the blood stream. This way patients relax almost immediately and experience no pain or discomfort during the implant surgery. As IV sedation is much stronger than oral sedation, it should always be administered by a trained dentist, who will also be checking the vital signs of the patient throughout the procedure. Patients who have undergone IV sedation should remain in the company of a responsible adult for 12 hours following the procedure.