One of the most common and fearful thoughts patients have is whether or not they’ll be able to feel anything during the actual procedure. Patients don’t want to feel or even hear the drilling and screwing that’s being performed on their teeth. This is especially true for those that have a fear or anxiety towards the dentist. A lot of people can barely withstand walking into a dental practice for their semi-annual check up, let alone consider going through surgery.
Fortunately, there are great options for you to choose from to ensure you have a pain-free, discomfort-free experience. Your best option for oral sedation would be IV sedation, or other wise known as sleep sedation or Twilight sedation. This is when you’re completely asleep and will feel or remember almost none of the procedure.
Another form of oral sedation could be in the form of a pill (Ativan). Just like the sleep sedation, it’s meant to relax you, but the effectiveness will vary from person to person.
Is It Going To Hurt?
For experienced doctors, inserting your dental implants should be a relatively painless procedure. But as any surgery goes, there is some discomfort to be expected, mostly after the procedure and when the numbness and sedation wears off.
You’ll experience soreness in the areas where the implants were placed as well as the surrounding jawbone area. It’s also common to feel soreness or discomfort in your cheeks, chin, or underneath your eyes based on the placement of the implant.
The biggest factor to take into consideration is the complexity of your case. Every patient will have unique characteristics that will result in different outcomes, such as if you need bone grafting or sinus surgery.