Our doctors see many men and women every year who are interested in having dental implants placed, whether because they have teeth that are missing or are in danger of falling out, or because they want to replace their older, outdated tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges. With dental implants rising to the top of the popularity charts in the dentistry world, many people want to take advantage of the benefits they provide. But one of the biggest concerns our doctors hear from their patients is regarding what the dental implant procedure will involve and whether or not they will experience much pain. At Lytle, Tate and & Stamper, our doctors use sedation dentistry to help make their Pasadena patients as comfortable as possible. Keep reading to learn more about what type of anesthesia could be used for your dental implant placement.
Anesthesia For Dental Implants
Some of the top priorities of our doctors are the safety and comfort of each of their dental patients. That’s why they use anesthesia when placing dental implants for Pasadena men and women. However, not every dental implant placement is the same, and which type of anesthesia used will depend on the needs of each individual patient. Dental implants can either be placed under local anesthesia (where the patient is fully awake); under general anesthesia (where the patient is fully asleep); or with light sedation combined with local anesthesia (where the patient is drowsy, but still somewhat conscious).
Local Anesthesia – If you only need a single dental implant, chances are our doctors will choose to use local anesthesia such as Novocain or Lidocaine. This form of anesthesia prevents Pasadena patients from feeling pain during the procedure, though they will still experience some pressure during the action of implantation. The benefit of using local anesthesia is that patients will be able to drive themselves home after their procedure and recover more quickly.
General Anesthesia – On the other hand, some patients require more sedation, either because of the extensiveness of their procedure or because of personal preference. General anesthesia allows patients to be completely unaware of their dental implant placement. More complex procedures inevitably involve more noise and pressure, something most patients don’t necessarily enjoy and choosing general anesthesia means you get to miss all of that and take a nice nap instead.
Light Sedation Combined With Local Anesthesia – This type of sedation is another option our doctors offer their patients during dental implant placement. Twilight sedation is a good choice for patients who have moderately complex dental implant needs. This helps Pasadena men and women take advantage of the local anesthesia benefits, but also puts them slightly asleep, keeping them largely unaware of their procedure.
You Don’t Have To Be Concerned About Having Dental Implants Placed
Our doctors are highly trained and certified in outpatient anesthesia, and you can rest assured that your anesthesia experience at our office will be well monitored by state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.
If you have any questions concerning your dental implant procedure or the anesthesia that will be used, please call our office in Pasadena today to learn more. You can reach us at (626) 792-3161.