Advances in dentistry now allow us to place dental implants without pain thanks to conscious sedation in dentistry. At present we have innovative techniques and resources, which are very useful, so that the patient does not suffer discomfort and also the fear of the dentist, which is a frequent condition in the day to day of a dental clinic.
Dental implants with conscious sedation
To place dental implants with conscious sedation, we need to intervene the gum and maxillary bone. General anesthesia may be an alternative, but the patient loses consciousness and connection with the environment, we do not consider it appropriate. On the other hand, with local anesthesia, we can eliminate the pain, but not the apprehension and stress that causes the patient to perceive the intervention at all times.
What is conscious sedation?
It is a set of procedures, carried out, always with a collegial anesthetist, with whom we control pain and produce a feeling of well-being and serenity while we perform dental implants.
With this type of procedure we provide the patient with a mixture of gases that generate relaxation and loss of sensation. It is especially indicated in people who fear needles, when there is anxiety and in children.
In this case, drugs are administered through a venous puncture. The procedure is done in the same dental clinic and the effect can be adjusted, according to need, dental treatment and medications administered.
- Conscious sedation allows us to achieve an environment of calmer, less stress and collaboration on the part of the patient.
- The patient does not feel pain, or anxiety in the consultation, or during treatment.
- There is no risk of developing dentist phobia, as there is no traumatic situation.
- In dental implants with general anesthesia, unconsciousness does not allow the patient to follow indications, but this sedation does.
- Multi-session procedures are greatly reduced.
Requirements for conscious sedation
We will have an anesthesia specialist who has all the necessary means to carry out sedation. It is important that the patient, know the anesthetist beforehand and if requested, teach the facilities before undergoing the intervention. The necessary equipment will be a pulse oximeter, to measure oxygen saturation, a sphygmomanometer, for blood pressure, an oxygen delivery device, a defibrillation device and medication for the induction of anesthesia and subsequent recovery.
The patient should refrain from drinking liquids and food 6 hours before the procedure and be accompanied by an adult. In order for us to perform sedation, we must have the results of coagulation tests and a previous electrocardiogram.
After the procedure
We will continue monitoring after the procedure until the patient has fully recovered from sedation. You can then return home on your own foot, but we recommend that you be accompanied by another person. You should avoid driving the car and dangerous machinery, and you will not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. It is normal to feel certain discomfort in the intervened area for a few days, which will be perfectly controlled with the medication prescribed by the specialist in oral implantology. On the other hand, if there is intense or sacred pain, the dentist should be consulted.