Their Bite is Better Than Their Bark

An X Ray of a dental implant

Being afraid of the dentist is a pretty common phobia, but it can lead to some sad consequences. People who are scared of the dentist don’t go as often, so tend to suffer more decay and gum disease and end up needing treatments that they find even more frightening. One of these is the procedure to put in dental implants in Basingstoke.

In Basingstoke, dental implants can transform lives, giving people back the full functionality of their teeth, something that may have been missing for many years. And yet, the procedure to insert dental implants, which is available from dentists such as Glenholme Dental, has an unjustified reputation for pain.

Maybe it’s because the implant procedure gets compared to that of having root canal treatment. Actually, there’s not much that the two have in common. With root canal therapy, the dentist is trying to save a tooth that has been badly infected. The patient has already been suffering from pain and swelling, sometimes very severe pain. Also, there are lots of nerve endings in a tooth, far more than there is in the jawbone.

Dental implants go into healthy jawbones that are not infected, and a local anaesthetic is plenty for having this procedure carried out. However, this does not take away from the fact that having dental implants in Basingstoke requires the use of the drill to make channels in the jawbone to fit the implants.

Dental phobia is not all about pain. It can also be about fear of the drill, of the sound of it, or even just the powerlessness and vulnerability of lying back with one’s mouth open.

Most dentists recognise this and offer sedation to nervous patients, either in tablet form, which takes about an hour to kick in, or intravenous sedation, which is immediate but requires the use of needles in the back of the hand. With both forms of sedation, the patient is able to respond if needs be, but probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. Because of this, it’s important that the patient has someone on hand to take them home after receiving sedation and they will also need to rest for around four hours until the affects wear off.