Dental Implants and Nervous Patients – Can it Work?

Concept of dental implant procedureIf someone wants to replace their missing teeth with dental implants in Edinburgh, it should be as easy as booking an appointment for a consultation. However, for some patients it’s not that easy. Some level of anxiety around visiting the dentist is quite common but some patients experience extreme fear or even phobia. With the right dental practice and focused care, it is still possible for these patients to get dental implants.

Many practices, like Edinburgh Dental Specialists, create warm and inviting treatment spaces for their patients to help put them at ease. This can also be supplemented with access to music or films to help distract patients during long procedures like fitting dental implants in Edinburgh.

Getting to know the patient

Perhaps one of them most important processes for making a patient feel comfortable is ensuring they have a good relationship with their dentist. It is important that they feel they can communicate freely about a treatment like dental implants. Many of the concerns that patients have can be addressed simply by providing them with information. Once they know exactly what will happen and how each stage is accomplished, they often find themselves more at ease automatically.

Anaesthetic and other sedation techniques

Perhaps one of the main worries for patients who are getting dental implants concerns pain. This can be based on their own past experiences or perceptions they have gained from other people or the media. Having dental implants fitted is an unusual experience but it should not be painful for the patient. There are three different levels of potential pain relief that can be discussed with the patient:

  • Local anaesthetic – everyone who has dental implants fitted does so with the aid of a local anaesthetic. This stops the nerves responding in the area where the anaesthetic is applied so they should not feel anything;
  • Inhalation sedation – in addition to local anaesthetic, a patient might choose to inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen which has a relaxing and dissociative effect;
  • General anaesthetic – where extensive work is required or a patient has an extreme phobia, it may be possible for a general anaesthetic to be applied so that they are unconscious throughout.