Dental Implant Treatment for Nervous Patients

A dental implant treatment provides ideal solutions for those who are suffering from missing teeth problems. The implants replace the function of the lost tooth roots, and provide a firm base where dental restorations can be attached to. The combination of the implants and the dental restoration (such as a dental bridge or dental crowns) completely restores the healthy form and function of a smile after the loss of natural teeth.

The placement of implants into the jawbone involves a surgical procedure. In cases when the jawbone has deteriorated or is very thin, it may be necessary to have another surgical procedure (a bone graft) before the implants can successfully be placed into the jawbone. Nervous patients who find it challenging to go to the dentist for even a routine dental checkup may find it extremely difficult to make the decision to go through with an implant treatment, because of the surgical procedures involved. This is where nervous patient care options come in, to make it easier for those suffering from dental phobia to have dental implants.

Nervous Patient Care
Nervous patient care options offer phobic patients with a number of methods that will make the entire treatment a more comfortable one. These treatment options are designed to ease the fears and worries of nervous patients during the treatment, and also ensure that any unpleasant parts of the procedure will not be remembered afterwards.

Some of the nervous patient care options include:

Inhalation Sedation – The sedative is inhaled by the patient through a mask, and works to place the patient in a completely relaxed state prior to the placement of dental implants. During the treatment, the patient will not fear anxiety or fear, but will still be able to follow the dentist’s requests or instructions.

Oral Sedation – The sedative is administered orally or through the mouth to make the patient feel completely comfortable, without experiencing fear or anxiety as the implants are placed using a surgical procedure.

Intravenous Sedation (IV Sedation) – Through IV sedation, the sedative is administered through an IV line to the hand, or the arm. The patient remains conscious throughout the treatment, but will be in a completely relaxed state of mind without fear or nervousness.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on understanding the root cause of the patient’s dental fear to come up with a long-term solution to address this phobia.

General Anesthesia – This is offered in hospitals, or dental clinics which have the necessary facilities and equipment, for patients whose dental fears may not be eased by other nervous patient care options. Under general anesthesia the patient will be unconscious, with the whole body rendered numb and unable to feel pain or discomfort.