When you’ve planned your implant surgery, you might find you have more and more questions leading up to the procedure date. How long do I need to take off work? What can I eat afterward? And most importantly, I won’t feel any pain during the procedure, right?
We want to make sure our patients are fully prepared so they aren’t nervous when they come to our office for their implant surgery — only excited! Let’s take a look at some of the ways we relieve pain while you’re getting implants.
In some cases, patients need just a local anesthetic. This is most often used when you are only having one or two implants placed, but for any extensive surgeries, your oral surgeon will likely recommend either IV sedation or general anesthesia.
IV sedation is one of the most common forms of anesthesia used during oral procedures today. While you won’t remember the procedure, you are still conscious while it takes place.
Most patients can respond to directions and stimuli, but they are in such a state of calm relaxation that the surgeon is able to carry out the procedure and they stay pain-free for the duration.
IV sedation offers a much faster recovery period since all body functions are preserved and no endotracheal tubes are required. It works quickly, allowing oral surgeons to begin the operation right away.
General anesthesia renders the patient unconscious through a combination of nitrous oxide and IV sedation. It typically requires an anesthesiologist or a surgical team with the proper certification. Respiration is maintained through an endotracheal tube and the heart rate must be monitored at all times. It is not recommended for routine procedures, given that certain risks are involved, especially for patients who are obese, have diabetes, smoke or have a history of drug allergies.
General anesthesia is used for complex procedures or for patients with a high tolerance for IV sedation who need a stronger medication.
Your Comfort Is Paramount
Ultimately, your oral surgery team will work with you to come up with a pain-management plan for during the procedure and after, when you’re recovering from either a bone graft or placement of the final abutment. While we can’t take away all the discomfort associated with the healing process, we can relieve pain during the surgery and reduce your anxiety leading up to your surgery date. We make your comfort our top priority!
We’re Here for Our Patients
If you’re nervous about the prospect of implant surgery, you aren’t alone. But don’t let anxiety keep you from leveraging one of the best tooth restorations out there in order to get your full, healthy smile back. Talk to Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and schedule a consultation to learn more about our pain medication and sedation options.