Surgical procedures can be frightening, particularly if you anticipate pain during the procedure itself. But through modern anesthesia, even the most complex oral surgeries can now be performed without discomfort to the patient, right in the office of Dr. Doolin and Dr. Haddad. Dental implant surgery can generally be performed with a combination of local anesthesia, and mild sedation.
Novocain, or local anesthesia, is administered directly into the gums through an injection. Novocain inhibits the nerve fibers in the teeth from firing impulses, thereby numbing the area and eliminating pain. Novocain works quickly, though its duration is short and it may have to be administered more than once during the surgery.
In addition to Novocain, intravenous sedation is used during dental implant surgery. Intravenous sedation is administered through an I.V., and is quick and easily regulated. Non-invasive monitors are used by the anesthetist to monitor vital signs, and ensure patient safety. This type of sedation helps put the patient in a relaxed, comfortable state, free from the anxiety and fear that can accompany oral surgery. The primary disadvantage of intravenous sedation is the need for an escort home after the surgery. The effects, however, are short lived.
If you live in or near Rochester, Michigan, and are considering dental implant surgery, please contact Rochester Advanced Dentistry for a free evaluation.