Placing an implant is a very gentle procedure and is usually done with local anaesthetic, much like that used when having a filling. After implant placement most patients experience minor discomfort after the anaesthesia has worn off and this is usually controlled by simple painkillers.
The level of discomfort is quite different from patient to patient, but most patients do not have significant problems. Some patients do have varying degrees of discomfort which may last for several days.
There may be some swelling around the site and sometimes, bruising. Immediate aftercare may involve a course of antibiotics as well as simple procedures such as antiseptic mouthrinsing.
Of course, if a patient is particularly nervous, it is possible to have the procedure with sedation to alleviate any anxiety during the procedure. For uncomplicated, short procedures this may take the form of a tablet (oral sedation) or for longer, more complex treatments , intravenous sedation may be used.