Yes, most patients are put to sleep for dental implants because the procedure is so invasive. However, if you’re just having one or two implants placed, a local anesthetic may be sufficient. A local anesthetic will temporarily numb the area, so although you’re awake during the procedure, you won’t feel a thing.
There are different types of dental sedation your dentist may offer including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and intravenous therapy (IV). Most dentists will recommend IV sedation to help minimize the discomfort and anxiety patients may feel during the implant procedure. However, you have to be in good health to have an IV, because it can be potentially dangerous and produce unpleasant side effects. Before having your dental implant surgery, be sure to talk with your dentist about the types of anesthesia they offer to help you make the best decision.
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