Many patients ask whether they will need to be sedated, and therefore require a driver. The answer to that is, “no”, because the IMR procedure is a surprisingly comfortable procedure. We repeatedly hear from patients, “that was a relief, it was so much more comfortable than prior attempts”. Because our bodies are amazing and can quite quickly grow tissue over the implant when a restoration has been displaced, the most that Dr. Mastrovich will need to do is administer a tiny amount of anesthetic, similar to that used for a tiny ‘filling’, to be sure of comfort when he removes any tissue that has encroached over the opening of the implant.
At your appointment, you will be able to see everything Dr. Mastrovich is viewing inside the implant with the 25 power microscope, as it will be on the big screen on the wall of the treatment room. There is nothing disturbing in the view, as it is the inside of the implant, so the patient is viewing the metal as Dr. Mastrovich answers the two most common patient questions: (1) “How /why did this happen?”, and (2) “No offense, Dr. Mastrovich, but what needs to be done so I don’t have to return for the same thing in the future?”. The good news is that Dr. Mastrovich is a teacher at heart and enjoys training other dentists on this information, as well as helping patients understand their situation and so they can make decisions from the basis of factual information.