Stay Relaxed During Surgery
Choosing to restore your smile with dental implants can have many positive effects, including permanently restoring missing teeth, protecting your jawbone from deterioration, and making eating, speaking, and socializing easier again. Placing dental implants is an intensive procedure that requires you to stay calm and follow your dentist’s instructions. If you suffer from dental anxiety, dental phobia, or if you’re simply nervous about undergoing implant surgery, our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Shlafer is happy to offer sedation dentistry.
At the office of Roman Shlafer DDS, we’re proud to help Michigan patients in Farmington Hills and surrounding areas such as Livonia, Birmingham, Novi, and Westland restore their smiles without worry.
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How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry is the careful administration of medicine that helps ease and relax patients prior to surgical procedures, dental work, and more. We feature two types of sedation at our practice for your convenience, both of which are highly effective for dental implant surgery.
Explore our guide and learn which sedation option is best for you.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation helps you relax without injections or the use of an IV tube, making it a good choice for patients who are afraid of needles. For this method, you’ll take a pill roughly an hour before your appointment. By the time you arrive for your implant surgery, you’ll feel a calming sensation that will relieve your anxiety and allow you to feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Though many patients assume that sedation means being put to sleep, you’ll actually remain conscious and responsive throughout your implant placement. However, with oral conscious sedation, it’s common to have little to no memory of the procedure afterward. Dr. Shlafer will continually monitor your vital signs while you’re sedated to ensure your safety.
The medication we use for oral conscious sedation begins to take effect before you reach our office, and the effects can linger for a couple of hours after your surgery. As a result, you’ll need to arrange for someone you trust to drive you to and from our office.
IV sedation involves administering medications directly into your bloodstream through an IV tube. You’ll feel the effects almost immediately, entering a state of deep relaxation that’s sometimes called “twilight sleep.” Much like oral conscious sedation, you’ll remain awake and able to follow Dr. Shlafer’s instructions, though you likely won’t remember the procedure after your implants are placed.
Dr. Shlafer doesn’t perform IV sedation himself. Instead, we have a licensed anesthesiologist on call to assist any patients who choose this option. Our anesthesiologist will carefully control your sedation level throughout the procedure for maximum comfort and safety. Since IV sedation doesn’t need to be administered in advance, you can drive to your appointment. However, you’ll still need a ride home for the sake of caution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I benefit from dental sedation?
Dr. Shlafer recommends sedation for patients with dental anxiety and fear so they can receive necessary care and treatment. You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you:
- Feel tense, nervous, or anxious before an appointment
- Become scared at the sight of dental instruments
- Have trouble breathing or feel panicked in the office
- Have a low tolerance to pain or resistance to anesthetics
How long will I be sedated?
Dental sedation can last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on a number of factors. This includes the method used, the strength of your sedative, and the length of your procedure. Before your procedure, Dr. Shlafer will explain any necessary information and answer any questions you may have.
Ask Dr. Shlafer About Sedation
You shouldn’t have to feel nervous or fearful about trying to improve your oral health. If you’re feeling anxious about your upcoming dental implant surgery, Dr. Shlafer offers sedation dentistry to help you relax during your implant surgery. Give us a call at (248) 579-4925 to schedule your complimentary consultation or to learn more about sedation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and explain each method in detail.
You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page and one of our expert team members will reach out to you. We proudly serve patients from our home location of Farmington, and surrounding areas such as Westland, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Birmingham, and Novi,
Don’t wait to improve your smile, come and see how dentistry is done differently at Roman Shlafer, DDS.