What Anesthesia Do I Need for Dental Implants?

dental-implantsThe Maryland Center prioritizes patient comfort, safety, and effective results in all of its procedures, including dental implants.

Our approach to anesthesia depends on your specific needs as well as your preferences:

  • If we are extracting a damaged or decayed tooth prior to placing a dental implant, this will take more time than placing dental implants for teeth that are already missing.
  • The number of teeth that your surgeon is replacing will affect our recommendation, as more teeth may require a longer procedure.
  • Some patients prefer more or less extensive sedation depending on their comfort level with the treatment.

What to Expect with Sedation for Dental Implants

If your Baltimore oral surgeon is placing a single implant, you may only need a local anesthetic such as Novocain or lidocaine. This ensures that you feel no pain throughout the procedure, and it allows your surgery to take place quickly and efficiently. Patients often prefer local to general anesthetic as they are able to recover from the effects more quickly.

While many of the cases we see require just a local anesthetic, some Baltimore patients prefer not to be aware at all during surgery. We offer twilight sleep or sedation for these patients, and we also recommend this approach for more extensive dental implants.

This is because you will likely be more comfortable under heavier sedation with a more complex procedure. Your surgeon may need to section an impacted tooth to remove it, and there will be noises and pressure that will likely bother you if you are medicated only with a local anesthetic.

Extensive Training in Anesthesia

Any time that you have a procedure such as dental implants that utilizes general sedation, we recommend using an Oral Surgeon. It’s likely that your dentist will as well.

The Maryland Center’s Oral Surgeons in Baltimore have received extensive training in sedation monitoring, both through their additional years of medical residency and their years in professional practice. We use sophisticated tools for monitoring the heart rate and breathing, and we are staffed to support anesthesia properly. Whichever method of sedation or anesthesia your surgeon recommends, you’ll have confidence knowing that we will provide you with high-quality care.

Looking for a tooth replacement option? Contact your local office of The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to schedule an initial consultation.