A dental implant is one of the most effective ways to replace a lost tooth or bridge. It is placed into your jaw, which means that it is quite an invasive procedure. However, it is lasting and offers a more permanent fix compared to other options.
Due to the extensiveness of the procedure and length of time it takes to place dental implants, we like recommending sedation dentistry to our patients as a way to reduce pain and anxiety and get more done at one time instead of having to come back for several appointments.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
The primary reason why we recommend sedation dentistry for our patients is that it helps them feel comfortable and relaxed during dental appointments. Beyond this obvious benefit, our patients will also enjoy the following benefits:
Sedation dentistry allows us to work faster since my patients are less likely to move around and need breaks. Patients that suffer from dental anxiety usually get nervous and twitchy in the dentist’s chair, which can make it hard to work. Sedation dentistry improves our ability to complete the procedure more efficiently, which means that patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
2. Eliminates Fear and Anxiety
Dental fear and anxiety are usually what most of our patients find uncomfortable than the treatment itself. Some of our patients experience anxiety for up to several weeks prior to their appointment. Fortunately, sedation dentistry gives patients the comfort and security of knowing that they won’t feel anxiety any more while their implants are being placed.
3. Eliminates Pain Associated with the Procedure
The fear of the pain associated with dental procedures is another reason why patients suffer from dental anxiety. One of the greatest benefits of sedation dentistry for our dental implant patients is that it allows the fear of pain to disappear thus making our patients comfortable during the procedure.
4. Patients Can Still Respond to the Dentist
Patients can still remain awake when they are sedated, which means that they can still respond to our requests. Sedation dentistry does not make patients feel asleep but rather allows them to feel more relaxed and comfortable when the implants are being placed. If we need to ask my patients simple requests such as tilting their heads or opening their mouths wider, they can respond accordingly.
5. Reduces Gag Reflex
Gag reflexes might be important for general overall health, but patients with sensitive gag reflexes can limit our ability as dentists to do our job. Fortunately, sedation dentistry allows the gag reflex to become paralyzed temporarily thus allowing us to work more efficiently, which allows our patients to feel more comfortable while the procedure is underway.
If you have lost a tooth or several teeth you don’t have to feel embarrassed about it or face any inconvenience. We can provide you with a replacement in the most comfortable way in the form of a dental implant. We use sedation dentistry to ensure that you easily get a new tooth without anxiety even if you don’t like visiting the dentist.
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