General anesthesia is when a doctor or dentist uses drugs to put you into an unconscious state where you are unaware of your surroundings, and are especially unaware of any discomfort. It may be recommended for some dental implant patients.
Not all dentists are able to offer this option, but at our office, we can, because we are certified by the State of Nevada as complying with the strict safety regulations necessary to ensure the best care for our patients.
Who Benefits from General Anesthesia?
General anesthesia isn’t the right choice for every dental implant patient, every time. We use local anesthesia for most procedures when anesthesia is required, but sometimes general anesthesia is best. General anesthesia is usually best when:
- Procedure is going to be very long or of an uncertain duration
- Procedure is going to involve large areas or multiple areas
- Procedure may have high levels of discomfort
- Patient has a high level of anxiety
- Patient has difficulty sitting still during dental procedures
- Patient has certain medical conditions
Some of these factors you can tell your dentist about, and the others the dentist will help you understand.
It’s Good to Have Options
Often there’s no clear-cut answer about which is best for your dental implant procedure: local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Usually, there are advantages and disadvantages to both option, and which one you prefer will be the deciding factor.
Having a choice will help you feel comfortable with your dental implant procedure and experience. This is good for you and good for your dental implant.
Talk to a Dentist Who Offers General Anesthesia
If you are considering dental implants, it’s always good to get a second opinion. In particular, if you’re considering a dentist who doesn’t offer general anesthesia, it’s a good idea to talk to one who does.
That way, you can learn whether general anesthesia isn’t being recommended because it’s not necessary or just because your dentist doesn’t offer it.
If you want to learn more about general anesthesia benefits for dental implants in Summerlin, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at the office of Dr. James B. Polley today.