First of all 4 hours for placement of six dental implants is a very excessive amount of time for that procedure. 2 hours for the placement of 3 dental implants is just as excessive. I am not sure who is placing the implants or who is performing the anesthetic but I would question that amount of time. With the available technology today and CT guided implant placement even with extractions and bone grafts a six implant case should take no more than 2 hours. Sometimes issues arise during the procedure which may necessitate some more time, but not usually 4 hours. I would question this. Also implants can be placed with local anesthetic only, but for 3-6 implants sedation is usually preferred. Everyone has different training and surgical and anesthetic ability. Just make sure you are having a properly trained surgeon perform this procedure for you. Seek the advice of a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon if you have any questions
6 Dental Implants with a 4hr Anesthic is It Safe or Would It Be Best to Have 3 Done at a Time with a 2hr Sedation?
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Implants, Laser, Anesthetic, Gum Surgery, Bone Regeneration
We generally do not sedate patients for dental implants. However, I would check with your Periodontist and check what type of medications you will be having for your sedation. Your medical history is very important and I am assuming they reviewed that in detail with you? If you can have this done in one visit ( which we do routinely without sedation), that would be more desirable if it is safe. Check with your Periodontist.
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