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IV Sedation for Dental Implants: I am planning on having 4 dental inplants and my Dentist suggests IV Sedation.

The procedure will take about 3 hours and I am concerned about being sedated for that long. I am 74 yrs. old, have high blood pressure and asthma.

Is this type of procedure too involved to have it done with novacaine? ...Visitor from CT

I understand your concerns. The older we get we need to be very conscious of how we are medically treated.

Sedation can be a very helpful addition to implant therapy. Without knowing exactly what is going to done I am not really sure whether or not the sedation will absolutely be needed or not. In most conventional implant surgeries I would want to have some level of sedation.

If the surgery is being done in a computer guided surgery with one of the virtually planned cases I would think that you may not need to have sedation.

In our office we have found that Oral Conscious Sedation is very helpful in implant dentistry cases.

If you talk with your dentist again and express your concerns then the two of you may be able to decide the best course of action for you to follow.

Best wishes to you! I believe this is the best treatment to replace missing teeth that we have today.

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