Visiting your dentist (and thinking about visiting your dentist) should not cause you stress. One of the greatest benefits of living in the modern world is that we can eliminate the pain and anxiety that–for years–has caused people to avoid dental appointments. Avoiding the dentist now means you’ll need more dental work later, so we use sedation dentistry to remove the anxiety that many patients experience before, during, and after dental work.
We understand that every patient has different preferences about how to most comfortably approach dental work. If a dental implant procedure is causing you anxiety, we are happy to help ease your stress. Whether you’re looking to be relaxed, amused, or asleep during your procedure, we offer a variety of sedation approaches to best meet your needs.
Types of Sedation
Advances in sedation dentistry have been profound. At Nashville Dental Implant Center, we are excited to offer pain-free sedation in three categories:
- Minimal Sedation
- Moderate Sedation
- Deep Sedation
Minimal sedation calms the nerves but allows the patient to remain awake and alert during the procedure. We offer a few options for minimal oral sedation. Patients are encouraged to discuss these options with Dr. Locante and his staff.
Examples of Minimal Sedation Include:
- Oral Sedation (in pill form)
Moderate sedation calms the nerves and allows the patient to remain awake but less alert during the procedure. Dr. Locante and his staff will be happy to discuss moderate sedation options with you.
Examples of moderate sedation include:
- Oral sedation (in pill form)
- Nitrous Oxide (in gas form)
Deep sedation allows the patient to undergo procedures with minimal consciousness.
Depending on patient preferences, we offer a few options for sedation.
- IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia
Dentists help millions of patients relieve their pain and anxiety every year. Even people with proper brushing habits sometimes need dental implants. Oral hygiene plays such an important role in a person’s overall health; failure to address dental issues has been linked to life-threatening conditions. Poor mouth health is linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia.
If you notice any of these things, see your dentist immediately:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, tender gums
- Bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in your regular bite
- Pus between teeth and gums
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
- Tooth loss
- Mouth pain
Depending on the procedure, you may need a pain reliever after treatment. We prescribe narcotic and non-narcotic treatment options.
The most common medications we prescribe for post-dental-work discomfort are non-narcotic medications. These medications include:
We prescribe opioids for extremely severe pain. At Nashville Dental Implant Center, your doctor will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have for treating pain after treatment. Most of our patients are surprised at how little pain they feel after treatment.
Just like a car or other machine, your body works best when all parts are functioning properly. Working together, you and your doctor can choose the appropriate steps to make your dental visit as safe and comfortable as possible. We also offer restorative dentistry services if your smile needs a touch-up. Your teeth are the first thing people notice about you. At Nashville Dental Implant Center, we provide the newest, most effective sedation options to make your visits more comfortable.
By understanding all of the variables involved in your treatment, you and your doctor can determine the best course of action. Regardless of the treatment options you choose, our sedative dental practices will ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible. If you are considering having dental work in the Brentwood area, we urge you to contact our office for a consultation. Call 615.436.5987 to learn more about how we can help.