Keeping Dental Implant Placement Comfortable

santa rosa implant sedationWhen you have missing teeth, we want to offer dental implants to help keep your smile whole, with new teeth that last for decades to come. But how do we ensure this oral surgical procedure is a comfortable one? In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons discuss the use of dental sedation.

The Dental Implant Placement Process

How do we place a dental implant? The process involves oral surgery, as we actually insert the post portion into the jawbone. Made from titanium, which is biocompatible, this allows the material to bond with the jawbone like an actual root. This process, known as osseointegration, is what allows your implants to last for decades or even a lifetime! We plan and guide the process with digital technology and a surgical guide, ensuring we insert them at the perfect angle to support a crown or prosthetic, and to also stimulate the growth of bone tissue, preserving your jawbone and facial structure. But how do we keep you comfortable throughout the placement process?

The Sedation Options

We want everyone, including those with high levels of dental anxiety, to stay comfortable and relaxed during the placement process. Which is why in addition to local anesthetics, we also have dental sedation. With nitrous oxide, we administer a gas through a mask over the nose that puts you in an instantly relaxed space. The effects wear off as soon as the procedure ends, so you often drive yourself home. We also have oral sedation, a deeper state of calm that is administered through a pill or liquid taken before the procedure. The effects may take time to wear off, so you need to arrange for a friend or family member to bring you home. The deepest form available is IV. We will monitor you constantly if you’re receiving the IV option, and our team is skilled and experienced in the administration of sedation!

Moving Forward with Your New Smile

Once the procedure ends, we will provide detailed instructions for aftercare. For some, we will attach a restoration or prosthetic to the implants in the same visit, or we may need you to return after the placement area has healed. When your smile is complete, you will have a lifelike tooth or teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods again and smile with confidence! If you have any questions about the process of replacing missing teeth, or about our calming agents, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Any Questions About Sedation Dentistry?

When you receive dental implants, we want to ensure the process is a comfortable one. To learn more about how we treat poor oral health and tooth loss, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.