Relaxation is important when it comes to dental treatment. The less stressed you are, the easier it is to take on information, prepare and keep up to date with your appointments.
One of the ways in which a dentist, like Adams Dental in London, will help you to get ready is to give you all the information you need to make choices for yourself. This includes the technical details of your dental implant surgery, in as much detail as you prefer. You could ask about the procedure, the equipment involved and how each stage will feel.
Some patients like to have detailed knowledge about the number of appointments and what will happen at each. You also need practical advice on how much the treatment will cost and how long it will take.
There are various ways you can prepare for dental implants. Planning your life around the healing process means minimising disruption. You may need some time off work. It is good to allow yourself as much time as you can, particularly if your job is very physical.
Get a list of the foods you will be able to eat or other guidance on diet from your dentist. If you stock up your kitchen before surgery with foods you enjoy from your list, you are less likely to feel deprived or undernourished after your treatment.
You can keep reminders on your fridge or noticeboard about the things you are looking forward to when your treatment is complete. This might include foods you will be able to eat, restaurants you are looking forward to going to or friends you want to meet up with.
When you have the actual surgery, your dentist wants you to be as relaxed as possible.
For most patients, this means having a local anaesthetic so that they remain awake but feel no pain during the process. For more extensive work, a general anaesthetic is sometimes required.
There are options available for patients who do not want to be completely unconscious but find the prospect of any dental work difficult. Developments in sedation dentistry mean that you can opt to have gas or intravenous anaesthetic designed to keep you awake but calm. You are unlikely to remember your surgery afterwards but will still be responsive during the procedure.