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Is it safe to drive a car right after a dental implant procedure?

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12 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

It depends on how the anesthetic is applied and the degree of anxiety the patient has.
If IV or oral sedation is used for the implant, it would be akin to driving while drunk. If only local anesthetic is used and the patient feels comfortable, there is no reason to prevent one from driving home.

In brief: It depends

It depends on how the anesthetic is applied and the degree of anxiety the patient has.
If IV or oral sedation is used for the implant, it would be akin to driving while drunk. If only local anesthetic is used and the patient feels comfortable, there is no reason to prevent one from driving home.
Dr. Michael Montgomery
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Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Unless there is sedation or psychological effects, there is no reason why one cannot drive.

In brief: Yes

Unless there is sedation or psychological effects, there is no reason why one cannot drive.
Dr. William Dapper
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If you had sedation for your procedure, defineitely no.
If you had the procedure fully awake and there were no complications afterwards (like dizziness, excessive bleeding) then you should be fine to drive.

In brief: Depends

If you had sedation for your procedure, defineitely no.
If you had the procedure fully awake and there were no complications afterwards (like dizziness, excessive bleeding) then you should be fine to drive.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Peter Flaherty
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

One of my patients actually rode his bike home right after implant surgery.
The biggest concern would be any lingering effects from sedation or anti-anxiety medication, in which case getting a ride home would be appropriate.

In brief: Yes

One of my patients actually rode his bike home right after implant surgery.
The biggest concern would be any lingering effects from sedation or anti-anxiety medication, in which case getting a ride home would be appropriate.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Provided you are not sedated or take any medications for anxiety or to calm your nerves prior to the procedure.

In brief: Yes

Provided you are not sedated or take any medications for anxiety or to calm your nerves prior to the procedure.
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can be

If only local anesthesia is used and the procedure is not complex and without complications, then yes.
Less involved from that perspective than an extraction.

In brief: Can be

If only local anesthesia is used and the procedure is not complex and without complications, then yes.
Less involved from that perspective than an extraction.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

As long as you were not given any sedatives or general anesthesia you should be fine to drive after a dental implant procedure.
Check with your dentist first.

In brief: Depends

As long as you were not given any sedatives or general anesthesia you should be fine to drive after a dental implant procedure.
Check with your dentist first.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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1 comment
Dr. Gary Alder
Most of the time a patient can drive following placement of a denta implant under local anesthesia. If the patient shows any signs or symptoms of not being fully capable of driving safely then qualified transportation should be engaged. DO not take a cab of public transportation if you are not 100%. This would apply to any and all procedures.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not recommended

Although some implant surgerys may be very "routine", it is best if you have someone to take you home, keeping ice on the surgical site and planning on resting till bedtime.

In brief: Not recommended

Although some implant surgerys may be very "routine", it is best if you have someone to take you home, keeping ice on the surgical site and planning on resting till bedtime.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
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In brief: In most cases, no

Even if the implant is placed using local anesthesia, it is still a surgery and you should take it easy for 24 hours.
Driving a car is a very big responsibility and the driver needs 100% focus! If you had IV Sedation than absolutely not for 24 hours. Act responsibly!

In brief: In most cases, no

Even if the implant is placed using local anesthesia, it is still a surgery and you should take it easy for 24 hours.
Driving a car is a very big responsibility and the driver needs 100% focus! If you had IV Sedation than absolutely not for 24 hours. Act responsibly!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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In brief: Yes

If you had novocaine ( local anesthetic) then yes , if you were sedated then no.

In brief: Yes

If you had novocaine ( local anesthetic) then yes , if you were sedated then no.
Dr. Gary Herskovits
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Dr. Vikram Likhari
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: -

Yes provided you were not sedated during the procedure.

In brief: -

Yes provided you were not sedated during the procedure.
Dr. Vikram Likhari
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In brief: Depends

If you only had local anesthetic and no medicine orally, then yes.
If you had any thing else, then. O.

In brief: Depends

If you only had local anesthetic and no medicine orally, then yes.
If you had any thing else, then. O.
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
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Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry

In brief: If easy surgery- yes

If you need simple and relatively easy surgery , then it is probably safe to drive home.
But we always advise our patients to have someone to drive them home after surgery - just in case...

In brief: If easy surgery- yes

If you need simple and relatively easy surgery , then it is probably safe to drive home.
But we always advise our patients to have someone to drive them home after surgery - just in case...
Dr. Greg Rubin
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