Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth, restoring both dental function and appearance. Dental implant surgery doesn't have to be painful or uncomfortable. Dr. Clark Damon offers multiple anesthesia options to ensure patients stay comfortable and relaxed during oral surgery. To discuss your dental implant surgery anesthesia options, schedule a consultation at Dr. Damon's Fort Worth, TX practice.
Anesthesia Options for Dental Implant Surgery
Each patient has unique needs when it comes to sedation during dental implant surgery. Some require complete sedation while others may only need minimal sedation. Fortunately, there are different anesthesia options to provide the right level of sedation for each patient's needs, including:
- Oral sedation: Oral sedation is administered in pill form. The level of sedation can be adjusted from mild to moderate according to the dose given. Oral sedatives are generally given about an hour before treatment to allow the medication to take full effect. Depending on the level of sedation, patients will feel relaxed or drowsy. Patients typically stay awake with oral sedation; however, those who receive moderate sedation may fall into a light sleep but will awaken easily when prompted.
- Inhaled sedation: Inhaled sedation uses a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas.” Inhaled sedation is administered through a mask worn over the nose, allowing the gas to be inhaled as the patient breathes. Inhaled sedation is fast-acting, and patients generally begin to feel its effects within a few minutes of breathing in the sedative. The level of sedation can be customized to the patient's needs by changing the amount of nitrous oxide administered. Although most patients stay awake while enjoying the pain relieving effects of this gas, some may feel relaxed enough to sleep through treatment.
- IV sedation: IV, or intravenous, sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream, making it one of the fastest acting sedatives available. IV sedation is easily tailored to the needs of each patient and may even be adjusted during treatment if more or less sedation is necessary for patient comfort. IV sedation may be used to provide mild to moderate sedation. Although IV sedation is not used to put patients to sleep, many patients may feel sleepy during treatment and won't have any memory of treatment after the sedative wears off.
- General anesthesia: General anesthesia is a form of deep sedation. General anesthesia puts patients into a state of deep sleep, allowing patients to undergo oral surgery or other treatments without feeling pain or discomfort. Patients will remain in a deep sleep until the sedative wears off or a medication is given to reverse the effects.
Choosing the Right Sedation Method for Your Needs
Deciding on which sedation method is right for you is best determined between you and your oral surgeon. It's important to disclose your medical history to your oral surgeon before undergoing any form of anesthesia to avoid undue risk and determine which sedation method is best suited to your needs. Patients with certain health issues, including uncontrolled diabetes and heart conditions, are generally not suitable candidates for IV sedation or general anesthesia as these can interfere with certain medications.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about your anesthesia options for dental implant surgery, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Damon.