RUTHERFORD DENTAL IMPLANTS: WHY YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT PAIN, PART 2 This three-part article series explains why modern dental implant procedures have largely been rendered pain and anxiety free thanks to anesthesia, sedation and far less invasive surgical techniques. Welcome to the second installment of this three-part article series on why patients in need of new teeth don’t need to fear dental implant treatment. In Part 1, Rutherford dental implants specialists explained how, through the use of Local or Intravenous (I.V.) Anesthesia, the mouth is rendered completely numb or the patient coaxed gently “to sleep” before the procedure begins. In Part 2, we’ll now address how the use of sedative medications can be used to totally calm patients prior to their treatment.
About Dental Phobia and Anxiety A fear of the dentist or dental treatment is not uncommon. In fact, 20% to 30% of Americans experience some kind of anxiety or fear while 10% are so phobic, they will go so far as to avoid the dentist completely, even if they suffer from obvious oral problems. “What’s important for these patients to realize and anyone else who would rather avoid treatment because of the psychological discomfort they feel, is that there is medication available that can make them feel completely at ease,” says a Rutherford dental implants specialist. “Many patients fear a loss of control… it can make them anxious to the point of illness. The sedative medications we provide work to suppress the central nervous system, which makes a patient feel calm, relaxed and at peace. It removes all traditional fear triggers and this makes their experience in the dentist’s chair far easier and often very pleasant. It also makes the dentist’s job easier, since they don’t have to try to calm an extremely anxious patient!”
Is Sedation Safe?
If administered by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon and qualified Rutherford dental implants specialist, sedation is very safe. The dose will be determined by the duration and complexity of your treatment as well as factors such as your body mass and general health. “Sedative medications are easily metabolized by the body, and once the effects have worn off, you typically don’t experience any hang-over symptoms,” explains a dental implant specialist in New York. Best though to relax at home the remainder of the day and avoid driving until the following day.
Sedation Methods: Oral, Intravenous and Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dental implant specialists in New York typically offer a variety of methods for sedation. If you know that you experience anxiety associated with dental treatment, you may benefit from nitrous oxide during your care. You can also be administered sedatives intravenously in the minutes prior to and during your procedure. If necessary, General Anesthesia is also an option. The method of sedation / anesthesia you ultimately receive will be determined by a conversation between you and your specialist. If you feel strongly about one method versus another, do speak up and a compromise will be reached, the outcomes of which will be in your very best interests. Either way, sedation is incredibly beneficial if your phobia has kept you from receiving the best possible treatment for missing teeth in the past. Stay Tuned for Part 3
To read the next important reason you don don’’t have to fear dental implant procedures, stay tuned for the final installment of this three-part article series.