How Sedation Aids In Dental Implant Placement

santa rosa sedationWhen you have missing teeth, we can secure replacement options using dental implants. These look natural and can stay in place for decades to come, offering new teeth that look and function like natural ones. To ensure the placement process is comfortable your Santa Rosa, CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer dental sedation.

Don’t Risk Tooth Loss Complications

When you lose teeth, whether this is a single tooth or several, we urge you to see us for replacement. Otherwise, tooth loss could alter how you eat, cause complications with speech and embarrassment in social situations, and even the risk of misalignment and jaw joint strain, which causes TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) in many cases. You could also develop an older appearance and further tooth loss as the body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jaw around the missing tooth, which causes it to shrink. But with dental implants, we can offer a solution and using sedation, we can make sure your placement process is a comfortable one.

Dental Sedation Options

Our team will first look at several factors before we choose a calming agent for you, such as age, weight, medical history, and anxiety levels. We also take your medications into consideration. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand throughout the process. For some, we could offer nitrous oxide, a gas administered through a mask over the nose. The effects are immediate and wear off once the procedure ends. For placement, we opt for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Oral conscious is administered through a pill or liquid prior to the procedure, and IV is administered intravenously. These provide a deeper state of calm. With little to no memory of the procedure afterward. You may feel a little groggy when the procedure ends, so be sure you have someone on hand to bring you home.

Securing Your New Teeth

Once you’re properly calm and relaxed, our team will use digital surgical guides to guide the dental implant posts into place, where they bond with the jaw and act as new roots. In some cases, in the same visit we can attach abutments to the dental implant posts, and then secure a restoration or even a full set of dentures. If you have any questions about how we ensure a comfortable experience with our dental sedation options, or about dental implants in particular, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make your smile whole!

Do You Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry?

We want to make sure the process of receiving dental implants is a comfortable and effective one. To learn more about our calming treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.