Is Anesthesia Required for Implant Surgery?

implant dentistry las vegasImplant dentistry has brought about many changes in the way dentists deal with tooth loss. Implants provide permanent, stationary, natural-looking new teeth that will serve you for a lifetime. Implant surgery involves placing an artificial root in the jawbone. The procedure is usually performed with local anesthetic.

Anesthesia and Implant Surgery

Implant surgery is usually performed under local anesthetic. According to your preferences and those of your oral surgeon, you might also be administered conscious sedation to increase your comfort levels. In some cases, such as the replacement of an entire arc of teeth, an oral surgeon might prefer a general anesthetic.

During your consultation with your oral surgeon, you’ll discuss these details as well as how to prepare for your surgery. Local anesthetic requires different preparation than general anesthetic, so be sure to follow the instructions you receive so your procedure will be comfortable and successful.

Advantages of Implant Dentistry

With implant dentistry, you can have your missing teeth replaced with teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are permanent, and they remain stationary in your mouth. The root portion of the implant helps keep your jawbone healthy, preventing the bone tissue from degenerating over time. Implant dentistry is appropriate to replace anything from a single tooth to all your teeth. One tooth can be replaced without making any changes to your other teeth to anchor a bridge.

A consultation with your oral surgeon will help you determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If you’re generally healthy, a non-smoker, and do not have diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, implants might be a great option for you to replace your missing teeth. Some other issues, such as gum disease or lack of bone mass in the jaw, could require some pre-treatment to ensure a successful implant procedure.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like to find out more about how implants can help restore your smile, please contact our office at 702-367-6666 to schedule a consultation.

COVID-19 Updates

A COVID-19 message and well wishes from the Center for Oral Surgery of Las Vegas to all of our patients.


The health and safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. Per CDC guidelines we will be continuing with or instituting the following measures. Other measures will be instituted as guided by the authorities.


  • Our staff will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE).
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  • We will be providing services by appointment only and communicating any special instructions to the patient for the appointment (i.e. face covering).
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  • We will be limiting the contact between the administrative staff and the patients, such as eliminating check-in forms and receipts when possible.


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