However, here at Contemporary Periodontics & Implant Surgery, Dr. Navid Rahmani is concerned some people may be missing out on this procedure because they are worried dental implant treatment will be painful and that they will not be able to cope.
In fact, dental implant treatment can be a comfortable process and Dr. Rahmani is an expert at helping anxious patients overcome their fears and anxieties. Anyone who is particularly fearful may wish to investigate sedation dentistry as this can especially be useful for dental implant treatment. It provides a deep sense of relaxation and calm.
Why It's Worth Considering Dental Implants for Replacing
Missing Teeth Although there are other options for replacing missing teeth that include bridges and dentures, dental implants are unique. Dental Implants closely replicate a natural tooth root. They only have a positive effect on dental health which is quite different compared to alternative treatments.
When you choose to have dental implants, you are opting for a solution that will help preserve your jawbone. This is the only treatment that can do this and it's extremely important for long-term dental health.
Explaining the Dental Implant Process in a Little More Detail
When visiting your dentist, he or she will be able to examine your mouth to decide if dental implant treatment is the best way forward. If your dentist thinks you are suitable, he or she can discuss this treatment in far greater detail, including the specific type of dental implants that will be used.
This will be merely an examination and a chat with your dentist and it's your opportunity to learn everything you want to know about dental implants, to discover how they can restore your dental health and your smile.
Dr. Rahmani is an expert at placing dental implants and has received extensive additional training which will help ensure that your treatment proceeds smoothly and most importantly are pain-free. If you are at all anxious then it's well worth mentioning this to your friendly dental team as there are a number of sedation techniques that could be helpful for you.
How Will Sedation Dentistry Help Dental Implant Treatment?
There are several different levels of dental sedation that could be helpful for anyone who feels at all nervous or anxious. Many people are already familiar with nitrous oxide or laughing gas which provides a very low level of sedation, helping to take the edge off any dental fears.
The nice thing about nitrous oxide is that it takes effect extremely quickly and will soon help you feel calmer and more relaxed.
Shortly after the gas is turned off, it is completely eliminated from the body. This does mean that after having nitrous oxide you will be able to drive yourself home if you wish. However, it is probably preferable to have someone with you for your dental implant treatment as you will need to rest for the remainder of the day.
This is the only sedative that is eliminated that quickly, as all other sedation options will require someone to be with you and you will definitely need to take it easy for the following 24 hours.
If you require a little more help, oral sedatives might be the right choice for you. You will just need to take a tablet before your appointment and this will help to keep you calm and anxiety-free.
The strength of oral sedatives can be adjusted to meet your needs.
Intravenous sedation is another option that might be a good choice if you require multiple dental implants and where a longer appointment will be needed. With intravenous sedation, the sedative is given intravenously through your arm.
It's a nice treatment as you will feel deeply relaxed and although you will still be able to communicate with your implant dentist, you are unlikely to remember anything once the sedative wears off.
With both oral and intravenous sedation, you will need someone to take you home.
One question often asked by patients is whether sedation dentistry is safe. All types of dental sedation carry a tiny risk but this is greatly minimized through properly screening patients prior to treatment.
Your implant dentist will need to know your medical history to see if you are suitable for treatment, and during your appointment, you will be continuously monitored at all times. Your health is always the top priority and every possible precaution will be taken to keep you safe. This is something that can be discussed in greater detail when you visit your dentist.
Another question that patients sometimes want to know is whether they can have a general anesthetic. General anesthesia carries a greater level of risk and usually means treatment will need to be carried out in a hospital setting. This might be a suitable option for anyone who requires a great deal of treatment to help restore dental health.
Don't Let Dental Fear Stand in the Way of Your New Smile
The main thing to bear in mind is that there are always options available to help you overcome dental fear and anxiety. There are many things your dentist can do to help you feel more comfortable.
There is absolutely no need to worry that dental implant treatment will be at all painful. This is why your dentist uses anesthetics, to make sure you are comfortable at all times.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you may find you have some discomfort that should be easily controllable with over-the-counter painkillers. Yet, your dentist can prescribe something extra if need be.
However, it's not uncommon to feel no discomfort whatsoever, especially after having just a single dental implant. This treatment can provide amazing results, especially if you have spent years struggling with broken down and painful teeth, or have felt unable to smile because of missing teeth.
For more detail on this procedure or to book an appointment, contact Dr. Navid Rahmani.
Dr. Navid Rahmani is a current contributor to multiple news outlets. Providing latest research related to dental implants and periodontics.