For some people, the thought of getting a single dental implant triggers anxious feelings within them. That dental anxiety can be even higher for those who don’t just need one implant. But it turns out, modern medicine has not only made the dental implant process a relatively painless procedure, it has also streamlined the placement of implants.
So even if you’ve lost all your teeth, you need around four to six dental implants for each row of teeth. And those two sets of implants are used to anchor implant-supported dentures, the modern and much more reliable evolution of the conventional adhesive-supported denture.
Tackling Dental Anxiety
There’s no denying that dental anxiety is real and quite common. It’s very natural to feel apprehensive about an upcoming dental procedure, regardless of the fact that the results will be well worth it. Therefore, it is important to choose a dental practice and dental professionals that offer services that will promote a more relaxed and anxiety free experience through sedation dentistry. Often when these measures are taken, the entire procedure experience before, during, and after runs a lot smoother and you will not only have a better experience, you will be even more confident and excited about your results.
You’ll find exactly that and more within this practice! For sedation dentistry, there are conscious and non-conscious options and are offered in a variety of administration methods. The most common sedation in dentistry is conscious.
Conscious sedation is administered to patients to help reduce stress and anxiety when it comes to simple dental procedures including but not limited to root canals, fillings, and just routine cleanings. Although conscious sedation is effective, medical professionals still argue if it is truly safe or not because of its potential impact on your heart rate and breathing.
There are different stages of sedation: minimal, moderate and deep sedation. Minimal is when you are fully alert and responsive. Moderate sedation is when you are somewhat responsive, but you are sleepy and go in and out of consciousness. Deep sedation is when you are completely unresponsive and in a deep sleep.
Some Dental Sedation Procedures Include:
- Oral – you will ingest a tablet containing a drug called triazolam or diazepam
- Intramuscular – you will receive a shot in your muscle, being your upper arm or your butt called benzodiazepine
- Intravenous – you will get an IV in a vein in your arm that may contain medicine such as midazolam or propofol
- Inhalation – you will breathe in nitrous oxide via a face mask
Minimizing Pain with Modern Medicine!
It took years of research to determine the optimal placement for dental implant posts, the titanium or titanium alloy posts implanted into the jaw to support dental crowns, bridges or dentures. However, all of that research has finally culminated in the dental industry establishing that just four dental implants are needed to support a full “arch,” or row, of replacement teeth. So you only need eight total implants, not 32 for all 32 teeth you once had.
Pain associated with dental procedures or experiences can cause hesitation for a large majority of patients. As such, many may avoid coming to a dental professional for this reason alone, and miss out on their opportunity to receive a brand new smile; even in as little as one day. Fortunately, advances in several areas of dentistry has virtually removed this issue and potential barrier to achieving the smile and dental care that you deserve.
While advanced imaging, modeling and planning software streamline the placement process into a procedure that can be easily completed during one appointment, local anesthesia will ensure that you won’t feel any discomfort during the placement process. You may be able to feel pressure, but you won’t feel much, if any, discomfort until the anesthesia wears off. If you still feel anxious about the procedure, despite knowing you’ll get local anesthesia, ask your dentist about the available sedation options to keep you worry-free during your appointment.
Pain After Your Dental Implant Procedure
Following the procedure, you’ll need to take common painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication to keep down the swelling and tenderness at the implant sites. The swelling and tenderness should go away in just a few days. You’ll also need to take antibiotics to fight infections as the implants heal and fuse with the jawbone.