You have probably heard about how great dental implants in Richmond are at replacing lost teeth. They work just as well as natural teeth, and once they are in and fused with your jawbone, no one will be able to tell these are not your natural teeth. But what about actually getting them fitted? Is it really that bad? No. At Sheen Dental Implants, we do our utmost to make you comfortable and relaxed during your fitting.
People seem to think that there is a huge amount of pain involved in getting dental implants in Richmond, but this is simply not the case. There are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth, so getting dental implants fitted can be less painful than, say, getting an infected tooth seen to.
We can easily numb the pain with a local anaesthetic. However, we understand that getting dental implants fitted can be a daunting prospect for some patients, and that is why we also offer sedation.
How does sedation work?
Sedation relaxes you rather than takes away the pain. We offer sedation intravenously or by inhalation.
Intravenous sedation goes straight into your bloodstream through the back of your hand. It deeply relaxes you. You may even go to sleep throughout the treatment, although we can rouse you if we need to talk to you about what is going on. IV sedation will wear off slowly and you will not be able to drive home, so please get someone to collect you after treatment.
Inhalation sedation is much lighter. You breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which you may have come across as happy gas or laughing gas. This will make you feel pleasant and relaxed and suggestible, which the dentist will use to tell you how relaxed you feel and put you even more at ease. You won’t nod off during treatment and the effects wear off pretty quickly afterwards.
You can drive a car after about 15 minutes off inhalation sedation. However, we recommend that you get someone to drive you home after receiving dental implants in Richmond, no matter what kind of sedation you have received.