Dealing with dental implant anxiety

A man with toothache

For many people, dental implants are a viable tooth replacement solution. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants are durable and offer a long-term solution to tooth loss, while protecting a patient’s oral health. However, dental implants can be another source of anxiety for patients who are already affected by dental phobia.

One of the biggest challenges of dentists offering dental implants, such as Care Dental Platinum, is to persuade patients that the treatment is not painful. Using a combination of sedation methods and relaxation techniques, a dentist for nervous patients in London can offer effective treatment without fear taking over. As with most things, the key element is good communication between the dentist and the patient.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implant surgery is usually a process that is completed over a few weeks or months. Most of this time is spent waiting between operations and ensuring that the dental implants are healthy and functional.

Dental implants are small, titanium, screw-shaped posts that have the ability to fuse to the jawbone, becoming a part of the bone tissue. This ability allows them to become as stable as natural teeth and once they are completely healed they can support restorations such as crowns, dentures or bridges.

Modern implant materials and techniques have come a long way and dental implants nowadays are not painful. As a matter of fact, they might be less painful than root canal treatment or tooth removals. A dentist for nervous patients in London will ensure that nervous patients are being sedated prior to the treatment for maximum comfort.

How can sedation help?

Dental sedation comes in different forms and can help patients who are worried about having dental implants or other dental treatments. Oral sedation is ideal for patients who are having routine dental work, whereas IV (intravenous) sedation is more suitable for oral surgery. In some cases, patients can be sedated by a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide.

All of these methods are safe and when performed by a dentist for nervous patients in London, they will enable anxious patients to relax and have a pleasant experience in the dentist’s chair.