Stay Relaxed During Surgery
Dental implant surgery is an intensive procedure that requires you to remain calm and cooperative. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Shlafer offers two types of sedation at our office for your convenience.
Explore our guide and learn which sedation option is best for you.
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Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation helps you relax without any injections, making it a good choice for patients who are afraid of needles. Instead, you’ll take a pill roughly an hour before your appointment and the effects will kick in by the time your surgery begins.
You’ll experience a calming sensation that will help you feel comfortable throughout the course of your treatment. You’ll remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure, though you’ll have little to no memory of it later.
Rest assured, Dr. Shlafer will continually monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. Also keep in mind that you’ll need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment since the medication is taken before you arrive and the effects may linger after treatment.
If you choose IV sedation, the medication is administered directly to 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.” Just as with oral conscious sedation, you won’t actually lose consciousness but you won’t remember your treatment later.
Dr. Shlafer doesn’t perform IV sedation himself, but we have a licensed anesthesiologist on call to assist any patients who prefer this option. He’ll carefully control your sedation level throughout the procedure for maximum comfort and safety.
Since IV sedation isn’t provided in advance, you can drive yourself to our office. However, you’ll need a ride home, as the effects may take a few hours to fully wear off.
Ask Dr. Shlafer About Sedation
If you’re nervous about dental implant surgery, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Shlafer about sedation. He’ll be happy to answer all your questions and explain each method in detail.
Call our office in Farmington Hills at (248) 579-4925 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Shlafer today.
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
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, strength of sedation, and length of your procedure. Before your procedure, Dr. Shlafer will explain any necessary information and answer any questions you may have.