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Do You Get Put to Sleep for Dental Implant Surgery?

rather than put this patient to sleep, a local anesthetic is applied for minor dental surgery

For minor implant surgery involving one tooth or multiple teeth in a single part of the mouth, you may receive local anesthesia. This means you stay awake during the procedure. Don’t worry, the anesthesia ensures you don’t feel anything. 

For major dental implant surgery involving the whole mouth or multiple parts of the mouth, you’ll likely receive general anesthesia and be put to sleep.

Which Type of Sedation Will I Receive?

There are different types of sedation used in dentistry; nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation (IV sedation). IV sedation is recommended to minimize the discomfort and stress patients feel during the procedure, but you have to be in good health. If not, IV sedation can be potentially dangerous. 

Be sure to talk with your dentist about your anesthesia options before settling on how to move forward with your dental implants. It’s an important part of the process.