Dental implant procedures and other similar dental procedures can sometimes be incredibly painful. The pain is unbearable, and you’ll need an anesthetic to get through the procedure. The prospect of using an anesthetic may sound daunting – perhaps more daunting than the procedure itself. Anesthetics can be extremely beneficial in terms of relieving pain and discomfort, but it’s important to know how they will be used during your dental implant procedures.
Types Of Anesthetics Used
Your dentist should offer you different forms of anesthetics. You should choose one that not only fits your budget, but also makes you feel comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. The following are the main anesthetics used:
- Oral Sedation – This form of sedation is taken in pill form, which can help them relax or fall asleep. This form of sedation is not used often.
- Inhaled Sedation – Otherwise known as “laughing gas,” this sedative is inhaled. This is one of the most popular methods of sedation for dental procedures.
- Sedation by IV – Depending on the length of your procedure, your dentist may recommend this form of anesthesia. This is another popular method of sedation for dental procedures.
- Local Anesthetic – This anesthetic does not put you to “sleep,” but instead numbs the site where the dental implant procedure will occur. What you feel will be minimal, if anything. There’s a good possibility that even if you choose one of the above options, your dentist will still use a local anesthetic at the procedure site.
You Should Be Upfront With Your Dentist
If you are not comfortable using a particular anesthetic, you should make this clear to your dentist before the procedure begins. Waiting until the dental implant procedure can be dangerous, and potentially life-threatening. For the same reason, you should be honest about any allergies you have. Maintaining an open line of communication with your dentist will help keep you safe during your procedure. Anesthetics are safe to use, but only when used properly.
Vice versa, your dentist should be open and honest about the anesthetic options available to you and outline the pros and cons of each one. Together, you and your dentist can make an informed decision about the best form of anesthesia for your dental implant procedure.