Dr. Rasmussen is frequently asked, "How do you keep patients comfortable during and after dental implant treatment?" Below, he answers your question!

Most patients find that the most uncomfortable part of the procedure actually is the anticipation of the procedure itself, and after the procedure most patients tell us that they are really surprised they worried so much about it prior to surgery because it really was a very comfortable experience. Most patients, in fact, will do extremely well after surgery, simply by taking ibuprofen, Advil, or something of that nature.

In fact, I can tell you a story, one of my patients I treated back in the early 1990s, a very, very famous motivational speaker. After we completed his implant surgery, he flew to Buffalo, New York, and gave a lecture to 15,000 people and never missed a beat.

For some patients, we do offer different options to make the experience more comfortable. The first is the administration of nitrous oxide, which is sometimes called laughing gas. The second option would be to take a pill prior to the surgery, and once again, the patient feels very comfortable and time just sort of flies by. And the third option would be the administration of intravenous conscious sedation. We administer certain medications that will make the experience much more comfortable for the patient, and in addition, the patient forgets almost everything that has happened throughout the procedure.