Dental implants offer a permanent solution to the replacement of missing teeth. If dental anxiety is preventing you from seeking dental implant treatment, oral conscious sedation may be right for you. Oral conscious sedation can help alleviate anxiety and keep patients relaxed and comfortable during dental implant surgery. Read this overview from Fort Worth dentist Steve Brown to learn more about oral conscious sedation and dental implant surgery.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation (or OCS) is an orally administered sedative, generally given in a pill form. The level of sedation can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the dosage. OCS allows patients to feel relaxed, comfortable, and calm during surgery, while still being awake. However, some patients may fall into a light sleep. The effects of OCS will last until the sedative wears off. Because you will be under the effects of sedation immediately before and after treatment, it is important to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation Benefits
The benefits of oral conscious sedation include:
- Alleviates dental anxiety: Those who suffer from dental anxiety can benefit from oral conscious sedation because it helps patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Whether you always have anxiety before seeing the dentist or only experience anxiety at the thought of oral surgery, like dental implant treatment, OCS may be right for you.
- Helps relax patients during treatment: OCS helps patients feel relaxed and calm during treatment.
- Increases patient comfort: Patients who suffer from back or neck pain or find dental chairs uncomfortable often benefit from oral conscious sedation. OCS can also help minimize pain during dental implant surgery.
- Patients generally remember little while under oral conscious sedation: Another benefit of this type of sedation is most patients have little memory of surgery or treatment performed while they were under sedation.
Sedation and Dental Implant Surgery
Oral conscious sedation pairs well with dental implant surgery because it helps with patient comfort and reduces pain. When OCS is used during dental implant surgery, the patient will take their first dose about 30 minutes before their appointment. You may take an additional pill when you arrive at our office. Once you are sufficiently sedated, dental implant surgery can begin.
In general, dental implant surgery requires the creation of a small hole in the gum tissue and jawbone. The dental implant, which is a small, screw-like metal post, is then placed within the hole. The patient must wait for the jawbone to fully heal and bond to the implant before the final dental crown or restoration can be placed; this typically takes between three and six months. In some cases, an immediate, temporary restoration is placed after surgery.
Find Out if You’re a Candidate
The Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth offers free oral conscious sedation with your dental implant treatment, and offers IV sedation for those who request it. To find out if you’re a candidate for oral sedation and dental implants, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown.