Sedation for Dental Implant Treatments
Some of our patients are concerned that the dental implant procedure will be painful while others experience anxiety whenever they visit the dentist. No matter the cause of your nervousness, sedation dentistry can help! Dr. Bedich is trained to offer several types of sedation to help our patients remain calm throughout their treatments. It’s especially helpful for people undergoing longer procedures such as the placement of implants. You can rest assured that we take every precaution to ensure a comfortable implant procedure.
Learn more about the types of sedation dentistry we offer and how they can help make all the difference. With sedation dentistry, you can rest assured knowing you’ll have the most comfortable dental implant procedure possible.
Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a gas that’s inhaled through a mask throughout your procedure. You may feel euphoric, comfortable, and calm, but remain fully awake. Effects only last while you have the mask on, so once it’s removed at the end of your appointment you can resume normal activities.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For oral conscious sedation, Dr. Bedich will prescribe a sedative pill for you to take before your procedure. Doing so will allow the effects to settle in and ensure that you arrive at our office completely relaxed. Although the sedative medication makes you feel drowsy, most people stay awake throughout their procedure. The effects of oral conscious sedation typically last for several hours after your treatment so you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment
IV Conscious Sedation
During IV Sedation, the medications are administered intravenously (through a vein) during your treatment and take effect within seconds. The level of sedation can be adjusted throughout your appointment to keep you relaxed yet conscious, meaning that you’ll be able to respond to requests. Many people who undergo IV sedation won’t remember the details of their procedure after the sedative has worn off, which can take several hours. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your visit.
In some cases, especially for complex procedures that may take an extended amount of time to complete, we have a dental anesthesiologist on call to provide deep sedation. This type of sedation will make you unaware of your surroundings and essentially, allow you to sleep through your dental work.