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Dental Implants and Sedation Dentistry

Jul 1, 2024
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Dental implants are some of the most common dental procedures today. When people have painful, dead, or damaged teeth they often need to be removed and replaced with prosthetics, called dental implants. Dental implants are often quickly installed and leave the patient with a healthy and functional permanent tooth.  

During the dental implant procedure, some patients choose to opt for mild sedation to help them relax. Sedation dentistry is very helpful for those who have a fear of the dentist as it allows them relief and reduces anxiety the day of the procedure.  

One patient who opted for sedation dentistry during her dental implant procedure was Patty Huff, who elected to share her experience with our team. 

In this post, we will briefly discuss Patty's experience with dental implants and sedation dentistry, then we will take a closer look at each of these practices so those considering dental implants or sedation dentistry can have a better idea of what they can expect. Keep reading to learn more! 

Patty Huff's Teeth in a Day Story 

Patty came to Bonomo Periodontics 17 years ago after being referred to Dr. Bonomo by her dentist. She was experiencing struggles with eating and the pain was becoming more than she could bear. Patty was interested in sedation dentistry for her dental implant procedure.  

For her first dental implant, Patty chose to use sedation to help alleviate her nerves. However, after than first procedure, she felt comfortable enough with Dr. Bonomo and the rest of the team that she chose to undergo subsequent dental implant procedures without the use of sedation.  

She has had a few of her teeth replaced with prosthetics over the last 17 years and credits Bonomo Periodontics with helping her regain a confident smile that she is proud of.  

A computer rendered image displaying the assembly of a dental implant

What is a Dental Implant Procedure? 

Dental implant procedures involve the removal of a damaged or dead tooth and replacing it with a permanent prosthetic that the patient can use to talk, chew, and smile. This process typically includes several steps, starting with the extraction of the damaged tooth and preparing the jawbone for the implant using a prosthetic arc. Once the arc has fused with the jaw bone, it will be fitted with a second, stronger prosthetic. The tooth is then attached as a permanent solution. 

The entire process takes place in just one day and can last a lifetime with the proper care. Unlike other options like dentures, the dental implant cannot be removed. They also help prevent bone atrophy and gum recession. This results in a better long-term outcome as the gums and bones remain stronger as the years pass, maintaining the natural structure of patients' faces, and preventing the sunken look that occurs with other tooth replacement options. 

Whether patients need a single tooth to replace or multiple teeth, same-day teeth implants offer a permanent, effective, and aesthetically pleasing solution that will make it easy to smile with confidence. 

What is Sedation Dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry involves using medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. This can be helpful for those who have a fear of the dentist or anxiety about dental work. There are different levels of sedation available, from mild sedation that helps patients relax but still stay awake, to deeper sedation where patients may not remember the procedure at all. 

Bonomo Periodontics offers three levels of sedation for patients to choose from.  

Intravenous (IV) Sedation 

IV sedation completely puts the patient completely under during the procedure. It is the most effective way to overcome pain and anxiety during the procedure.  

IV sedation puts patients to sleep for the procedure, then when they wake up afterwards, they will have no memory of the preceding events. A very safe process, patients' vitals are continuously monitored while they are under.  

Because IV sedation puts a patient completely under, they will need someone to accompany them and drive them home afterwards. 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation 

Sometimes called laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation involves patients breathing in an odorless gas before the procedure begins. Instead of putting a patient completely under, nitrous oxide gives patients a relaxed feeling that helps alleviate anxiety. 

The sedation does not last long, and patients can drive both to and from their appointment. It only takes between five and ten minutes after the patient is removed from the nitrous oxide to completely recover.  

Oral Sedation 

For oral sedation, patients take a pill before their appointment that has been prescribed to them by their doctor. The Bonomo Periodontics staff will instruct you exactly on how and when to take the medication to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure. 

Oral sedation lasts between 2 and 6 hours and is a deeper level of sedation as compared to nitrous oxide, yet not as intense as IV sedation. However, you will need someone to accompany you to the procedure, to drive home.  

Dental Prosthetics and Dental Sedation at Bonomo Periodontics 

Dental prosthetics are one of the best ways to replace damaged teeth that cause their owner discomfort. A permanent solution, dental prosthetics help you retain your facial structure and prevent bone and gum loss. Whether you need one tooth replaced or multiple, there are options for you. There is even the Teeth in a Day procedure for those who need all their teeth replaced. 

However, often during procedures like this patients need to be sedated to quell their anxieties and ensure that they are comfortable throughout. Dental sedation helps with this and comes in three distinct forms, depending on your needs. 

Bonomo Periodontics is proud to offer both dental implants and dental sedation. Click here to schedule an appointment now to discuss your periodontal needs! 

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