Dental implants are, far and above, the best option for replacing most missing teeth. They have a great success rate, and they look just like natural teeth. However, even if you know these things, you might still be a little nervous about needing to have dental implants surgery. It is a bit more intense and intrusive than your average dental visit, after all. There's no need to be ashamed of your nervousness as these feelings are quite common. Luckily, there are some tips that can help calm your nerves and increase your confidence.
Ask your dentist about one-day implants.
Traditionally, implant surgery is done in three stages. At the first visit, you have the implant screws inserted into your jaw bone. At the second visit, the dentist attaches the abutment, and at the third visit, the crown of the tooth is put into place. Knowing that you have three of these visits coming up may feed into your nervousness. So, it's worth asking your doctor whether they offer same-day implants. With this newer procedure, all three parts of the implant are put into place during one procedure.
Same-day implants are not an option for every patient, but if your dentist feels comfortable offering them to you, this may be a good way to calm your nerves. Knowing you just have to get through one surgery can be reassuring.
Consider sedation dentistry.
Sedation can help take the edge off when patients are really nervous about getting dental implants. Most dentists who offer sedation use an inhaled sedative — usually laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide. The sedative will take your mind off what the dentist is doing, making you feel giddy and carefree. The best part about inhaled sedatives is that they wear off really quickly, so in most cases, you will still be able to drive yourself home from your appointment.
Stock your home and kitchen in preparation.
Are you someone who feels more confident when you are prepared? If so, preparing for your dental implant surgery may help calm your nerves. You can stock your kitchen with soft foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, and applesauce. Stock your bathroom with salt to make saltwater rinses, gauze pads, soft toothbrushes, and pain relievers.
Being nervous before dental implant surgery is not unusual. If you've been feeling on-edge, consider following the tips above. Don't hesitate to tell your dentist or oral surgeon you're nervous, either. They can usually help!