To date, dental implants is one of the most advanced technologies in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, to which hundreds of people daily resort to. However, this procedure, although carried out very quickly, yet require surgery. That is why many patients mistakenly believe that implantation is carried out exclusively under “general” anesthesia. But is it really a necessary part of dental care in Searcy?
Types of anesthesia in dental implants
Contrary to popular opinion, the procedure involving dental implants isn’t as hard as people believe. Therefore, in most cases, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, especially when it comes to installing a small number of implants. Doubters do not underestimate local anesthesia: modern painkillers are good at blocking nerve endings so the patient does not feel pain. Moreover, a local anesthetic is used when the implants are placed. However, with this type of anesthesia there is one drawback – the patient, although they feel nothing, they are still conscious. And for the normal person that is an overwhelming fear to overcome.
There is a special kind of sedation for those who are willing to go to the dentist, but still have reservations about procedures – sedation dentistry. Sedation is divided into several types: superficial, medium and deep and is achieved either by means of special preparations, administered intravenously or by using gas. After sedation, the patient is completely relaxed and stops responding to earlier annoying factors. Therapeutic sleep is also part of other procedures called premedication, which is prescribed to the patient before “general” anesthesia.
This is the strongest type of anesthesia. In your local dental care in Searcy, dentists typically use a surface anesthetic which is introduced intravenously, and by means of an inhalation mask. Unlike sedation, general anesthesia completely disables the patient, demanding serious control as during surgery, and after it. This is why it can only be applied only under certain conditions. In the case of implantation, anesthesia may be appropriate for complex operations, for example, during a bone graft and installation of a large number of implants. For more information contact Jason T. Bolding, DDS.