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Are Dental Implants Done Under General Anesthesia?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
General anesthesia sedation: gloved hand holds breathing mask to sleeping patient's faceDental health is crucial for overall well-being, especially since teeth play a vital role in digestion and nutrient absorption. Despite efforts to maintain dental health, situations like tooth decay, damage, or loss may necessitate dental implants. A key question arises: Is general anesthesia used for dental implants, and what does the procedure entail?

What Is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia involves inducing a controlled, unconscious state, making the patient completely unaware and pain-free during a medical procedure. This type of anesthesia can be administered as a gas inhaled through a specialized device or as a liquid injected into the veins. It is important to distinguish it from local anesthesia, which numbs specific body parts while keeping the patient awake. General anesthesia is typically reserved for more complicated and serious medical procedures.

Are Dental Implants Done Under General Anesthesia?

Typically, dental implant surgery is viewed as a procedure of moderate invasiveness and is usually carried out using local anesthesia. Nevertheless, certain situations may require the use of general anesthesia. For instance, patients with significant mental or physical challenges or those suffering from severe dental anxiety might require sedation to undergo the procedure comfortably.

What Is the Dental Implant Process Under General Anesthesia?

If general anesthesia is used, patients will be briefed about the procedure, its risks, and their medical history, lifestyle, and health habits like smoking or alcohol consumption. The anesthesia, administered as gas or liquid, takes effect quickly, rendering the patient unconscious typically within a minute. The treatment involves removing damaged teeth and roots and replacing them with metal screws in the gums, which then fuse with the jawbone. A dental crown or false tooth is later attached to these screws.

What Happens After the Procedure?

Post-procedure, patients gradually regain consciousness in a recovery room and stay for observation for a few hours. Some swelling and soreness are expected, and it is advisable to consume soft foods and liquids for a few days.

For more information on general anesthesia options for your dental implant surgery, consult with our dental specialist. They will ensure a safe and comfortable procedure.

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