Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to keep patients in a state of calm and relaxation during a dental procedure. If you are getting dental implants, you will be undergoing dental surgery. For this reason, the dentist may use a method of sedation to either keep you in a dream-like state or completely drift you off to sleep. The strength of medication used in sedation dentistry can be adjusted to a level that will put the patient in the most relaxed state for the procedure.
Let’s talk about what to expect before and after your dental implant procedure if your dentist uses sedation dentistry.
Before the day of the surgery, your dentist will discuss the method of sedation they will be using. It will be inhalation sedation, oral sedation, or IV sedation. If you decide on IV sedation, which is usually recommended if multiple implants are being placed, there is a bit of preparation that you need to do: do not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the dental implant surgery, unless your dentist advises otherwise. Take necessary medications with a sip of water only. Oral and inhalation sedation do not require this step.
On the day of the surgery, wear loose and comfortable clothing. You will have to arrange for someone to take you home after the procedure, as you will be unable to drive yourself because your motor function and judgment will be impaired.
During the procedure, you will be closely monitored to ensure that you are properly sedated for the surgery. After the surgery is completed, you will slowly regain consciousness. Some drowsiness is to be expected for a few hours after surgery. You will likely not remember anything that happened during the surgery. After the procedure, you may need to bite on gauze to control the bleeding.
Dentists usually advise taking pain medication before the sedative effects wear off. When you get home, focus on resting and giving yourself time to heal. Keep the head elevated to reduce blood flow to the surgery site, and apply an ice pack to the side of the face to reduce swelling. Take medications as prescribed by your dentist, including antibiotics to prevent infection.
To keep your mouth clean, rinse with warm water and salt, and brush teeth very gently. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least three weeks following surgery, as this can increase the risk of implant failure.
Sedation dentistry has many benefits. It reduces anxiety and keeps you relaxed throughout the procedure. It also helps dentists perform the necessary work without any interruption. It also carries a very low risk of complications.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry, make sure to choose a dentist that is licensed to administer it. A dentist has to undergo additional training and pass an exam and inspection to obtain a permit to administer sedation.
IV sedation has provided an opportunity for patients with dental anxiety to take control of their oral health. Dr. Ernie Soto offers IV sedation to his patients who are eligible. We guarantee a pain-free dental experience with IV sedation. Dr. Soto is certified in nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation, and is one of the few licensed to practice sedation dentistry in the state of Florida.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Soto, call our clinic today at (954) 368-6264 or use our convenient appointment request form. Our friendly staff looks forward to providing you with an excellent dental experience!