Is Implant Treatment painful?

Although majority of implant treatment can easily be carried out totally without pain  under a local anaesthetic (dental injection),  you may prefer to have your treatment under conscious sedation (awake but feeling relaxed and a little sleepy) or a general anaesthetic (go to sleep). 


The Nervous Patient

Most procedures are simple and normal anaesthetics are adequate, however if you are more anxious then there are several effective techniques to help you relax.

These include:

Relative Analgesia: - This is a mixture of laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) that you inhale through a mask. It is similar to what you have when giving birth.

Oral Sedation:- We can give you some medication to help you relax, usually Tamazepam.

General Anaesthetic:- In very exceptional circumstances we may decide it is best for you to be asleep. Complex reconstructive surgery, some bone grafts may require a general anaesthetic.

Conscious Sedation: (also known as intravenous sedation) involves administration of an anti-anxiety drug  by an anaesthetist.  You are awake, but do not remember much about the procedure. It is a pleasant and stress free way of having dental implants.

During the sedation you remain conscious and you will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.

However, you will remember very little about your treatment because the sedation will;

  • induces a state of deep relaxation 
  • You will feel of not being bothered by what’s going on
  • produce partial or full memory suppression (amnesia). As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much of what happened. Because people remember very little or nothing they feel as if they were “asleep” during the procedure

Other advantages of intravenous sedation for patients with disproportionate dental anxiety include:

a) the entire surgical treatment is carried out whilst you feel relaxed and a little sleepy whilst free from any  pain or anxiety
b) sedation does not make you feel sick or nauseous
c) because you feel less stressed and cooperate readily the surgeon can provide your treatment much easily


Conscious (or intravenous) sedation reduces stress or anxiety and may be a nice way of having advance/complex implant procedures. Your dentist or the implant surgeon will assess your needs and advise you of the available anaesthetic choices for your implant operation. Please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with your dental professionals. 
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