KEEPING PATIENTS COMFORTABLE DURING IMPLANT DENTISTRY
Hauppauge periodontist Dr. Alan Farber explains that he utilizes various types of sedation to keep patients comfortable during implant dentistry:
“Patients are often surprised by how comfortable they are during and after the placement of dental implants. The often report that the procedure was much easier than they expected.
Many patients have their implants placed with what we call local anesthetic. Once the patient is numb they do not feel any discomfort. They just feel a little pressure or a little vibration during the implant procedure.
Some patients, however, need more relaxation and we have what we call conscious sedation techniques using medications. I am currently certified in New York State to utilize conscious sedation.
Often times patients come in and they say they just want to go to sleep and wake up when the procedure has been completed. We have a medical team of board certified anesthesiologists who come to our office quite regularly. A medical anesthesiologist uses intravenous sedation, also called IV sedation, to put the patient to sleep and carefully monitor all vital signs during the procedure.
After the procedure, the patient wakes up and further assessments are done. The patient stays in our office for a period of time to more fully recover from the anesthesia and receive post-op instructions. The patient is then driven home by a driver who has accompanied them to the office.
Most patients compare an implant being placed to a tooth being removed, and they tell me time and time again that the implant placement was easier. They say afterwards that they hardly felt any discomfort.
Also after a dental implant procedure in our office, most patients report that they use a minimal amount of medication for discomfort. Often we will recommend Motrin, Advil, Tylenol or similar medications if needed for a short time after a procedure.”
Dr. Alan H. Farber
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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