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You probably have a good idea of what it feels like having a tooth extracted. So if you have to have dental implants placed to replace missing teeth, you probably can’t help but wonder, “how much pain can I expect from having my dental implants placed?” The short answer: probably a lot less than you’re expecting. Continue on for the long answer. 

Local Anesthesia

The biggest reason you should fear dental implants is small. Just a small dose of a local anesthetic and you won’t feel any pain at the implant site. You might feel a bit of pressure, but the numbing effect of the local anesthetic will ensure you don’t feel pain.

General Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is all most people need to get through dental implant surgery, even procedure that entails placing multiple implants. But some people still feel extremely uncomfortable just knowing what work the dentist is doing, even though they rationally understand they won’t feel any discomfort.

General anesthesia is an option at some dental offices. However, general anesthesia has a higher health requirement, as you’ll be put to sleep and won’t wake until it wears off. Your dentist may try to steer you away from general anesthesia and may point you towards IV sedation instead.


If you’re finding it hard to stop thinking about your procedure, ask your dentist about the sedation options available to you. Unlike general anesthesia, you’ll mostly remain awake in state described as conscious sedation.

Your response times will be slowed, but you’ll likely stay awake the whole time. If you do fall asleep, your dental staff shouldn’t have any issues waking you.

Two of the more popular methods of sedation include nitrous oxide gas, commonly referred to as laughing gas, and oral sedation – which entails taking a pill to get the calming effects and sense of wellbeing needed to keep you calm through your procedure.

Learn More About Dental Implants in Corpus Christi, TX

Take a moment to schedule a consultation with a local dentist to get more answers about what you can expect from getting dental implants in Corpus Christi, TX.

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