Are you one of the millions of people that avoid getting dental treatment due to fear, anxiety, or dental phobia?
Today in dentistry there are a number of solutions available to help. When you come into our Chattanooga, TN office for your consultation, we’ll recommend one for you. We offer options that are available via a pill, inhalation, or IV sedation form. You can also choose the level of anesthesia that’s best for you. Do you want to feel like you’re sleeping, or just to help take the edge off?
Dr. Randall Discusses Making Dental Treatment Comfortable with Sedation
This deeper form of sedation is delivered via IV sedation medication into your bloodstream. It’s the most common form of anesthesia used in extractions and dental implant procedure. You will still be able to respond when spoken to, but you won’t remember anything. Both of our Chattanooga, TN, specialists, Dr. Felts, and Dr. Randall are certified in IV sedation (a service that is not usually offered by family dentists.)
On the day of the implant placement, our periodontist will utilize guided implant surgery resources to install your restoration in an extremely precise position. Then, the dental implant is carefully inserted into the jaw bone. A healing cap will be placed over the implant, flush with the gums, and stay in place until everything has fully healed. Depending on your situation, you may be provided with a provisional restoration to use during the healing process.
You’ll be surprised at how well you feel after your dental implant procedure. Most patients experience little to no pain at all! Since an implant has threads around it, your bone will grow and fuse to it directly. This “osseointegration” process takes several weeks to months. You’ll come in periodically for us to see that everything is healing as it should. Once we’ve determined that your implant is stable enough to withstand biting forces, we will proceed to the next and final step.
If we’re replacing your teeth with crowns or bridges then we’ll remove the temporary, or healing cap, in order to access the top of the implant. An extension known as an abutment will be securely attached to the dental implant, extending past the gum. The new restoration will be permanently bonded on top. If your dental implants were inserted so that you could replace all of your teeth with a full denture, the process is a little different. We’ll insert a similar type of abutment into the dental implant. Then, on the inside of your denture, we will add more attachments known as buttons. When you put the overdenture in your mouth, the buttons will snap around the abutments.
When deciding which form of sedation or anesthesia is best for you, we’ll discuss your treatment plan and any concerns you have.
In addition, please let us know about any health issues that you have, especially diabetes or asthma. Bring current medications with you to your consultation, so we can check to make sure they won’t cause any interactions. Your safety is our priority!
Schedule your treatment today!