Although many patients are concerned about dental implant placement, Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles explains methods used to keep patients surprising comfortable.
When patients come into our office we take the time to speak with them and understand their concerns. Sometimes patients come in with preconceived notions about dental treatment because they have heard horror stories from their friends or they have read accounts on the Internet. In my practice, I tell patients that implant placement generally causes no perceived discomfort at all because the areas that are being treated are completely numb and there is no sensation while that is happening. There may be sound, there may be some vibration, but there is no discomfort.
Certainly any dental treatment can be an anxiety producing event, and if that is the case we also have some methods of dealing with anxiety. In our office we have nitrous oxide, which is sometimes called “laughing gas.” The gas is inhaled through the nose during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is considered light sedation and it wears off very quickly.
Sometimes we give patients oral sedatives which take the edge off the anxiety. If patients are really concerned about the whole process and do not want to be aware of anything during treatment, we use intravenous sedation or IV sedation, where we give the patient valium-like drugs and the patient sleeps through the whole procedure. In our practice it is standard procedure to review the patient’s medical history in advance before we administer IV sedation, and we have the equipment and protocols in place necessary for patient safety.
Almost routinely the most anxious patients come in and they are very worried about the procedure. When they leave they typically look at me and say, “That’s it?” They have had no perceived discomfort and more often than not they will then go back and tell their friends that they had a great experience. Even though we get many referrals from excellent dentists in the area, we also welcome and encourage referrals from our patients.
Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles
South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton, FL
New Patients Welcome