Dental implantology is a surgical procedure and like all other surgeries has to be performed under careful supervision of experts and surgeons. Each of the stages has to be monitored so that no complications arise during the process. Dental implants also require some form of anesthesia so that discomfort or pain is not a part of the procedure and the patient wakes up feeling happy and fresh. This can be local anesthesia or intravenous sedation during the surgery. You can opt for dental implantology under general anesthesia depending on your case, the duration of the surgery and your anxiety. You have to be comfortable during the procedure for it to be successful and, it is your decision to choose the form of anesthesia to be used. You can discuss in details the pros and cons of each of these with your surgeon.
If the dental implant surgery requires only about a few hours or only one or two implants are to be placed, local anesthesia can suffice in most cases. Here the part where the implant is about to take place is numbed so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure but, you will be aware and conscious of everything that’s happening around you. This is simpler than dental implantology under general anesthesia because its effects wear off quickly. Often for extractions and inconsequential implants local anesthesia is a better and more cost-effective option. However, if the surgery is a little more complicated, if quite a few teeth have to be replaced or fixed using implants, then a stronger sedative can be used. Your doctor or surgeon can guide you better in decision making.
You can choose conscious sedation or IV sedation during your surgical procedure which is stronger than local anesthesia. You will be aware of the proceedings but the sedation will numb your entire body so that you will be in a semi-conscious stage. Your medical history too is a deciding factor when it comes to choosing between local anesthesia and dental implantology under general anesthesia. The doctor will first carefully check your medical records and see whether there are any chances of complications. Also many patients suffer from anxiety disorder and therefore a stronger sedative can be better where they can relax during the surgery. Preplanning is the key here to avoid any undue event during the surgery.
If a case is risky or requires long hours, dental implantology under general anesthesia can be the preferred route. A specialized anesthetist will be responsible for regulating the anesthesia dose so that the surgery goes smoothly. Though modern anesthesia does not have much after-effects, nausea or headache are common because the sedative takes about a day to wear off completely. However, it is far from risky and if you choose experienced surgeon and good medical facility the chances of success with dental implants is ensured. During your consultation discuss all the points; ask questions about implants so that you are prepared for the surgery. Your mirror is waiting to smile at you.