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Sedation Dentistry

Dentist Herndon

Feeling anxiety before or during a dental appointment is something that is extremely common. Smelling those antiseptic smells, hearing the drill going, and looking at dental instruments can easily set someone off. Fortunately, your dental team is used to dealing with patients who tend to experience dental anxiety. One of the tools in their toolbox is known as sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can take the form of an oral medication or IV sedation to ensure that you are completely comfortable during your dental treatment. So don’t be afraid to let us know if you often experience anxiety in a dental setting. We are here to help, and can recommend the most appropriate type of sedation to make you as comfortable as possible while you are receiving needed dental care.

Some reasons why patients have dental anxiety include:

  • Unpleasant experiences as a child in a dental setting
  • Sights, sounds, and smells associated with the dentist office
  • General anxiety
  • A failed previous dental procedure

What is dental sedation?

Anesthesia has been around in various forms for decades for use in dentistry. Normally, this involves some type of topical placed within the mouth before a dental procedure. From tooth extractions to root canals, topical sedation helps prevent the patient from experiencing pain during dental work.

The type of sedation that is used sometimes depends upon the pain threshold of the patient. For example, during the placement of dental veneers, some tooth enamel must be removed. Most patients experience little to no pain, while others will experience some pain. This may be due to how the individual nerve endings of a given patient function and how close they are to the tooth enamel layer. Regardless, dental sedation can be used to minimize or reduce the experience of possible pain.

Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is an odorless and colorless gas that helps to completely relax you and reduce your anxiety levels within seconds. It is delivered through a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth. You simply breathe in and inhale the gas to experience its relaxing effects.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is available in a number of forms that range from minor to moderate. You might consume a medication to numb your body. Something like this would normally be taken an hour or so before a dental procedure. It won’t automatically put you to sleep, but it will make you feel sleepy and lower your anxiety level.

IV Sedation

This is a more powerful form of sedation that goes directly into the veins, much like you would be given if you were having surgery at a hospital. Our trained staff can carefully monitor and control the amount of sedation that you receive, which will work very quickly since it will be running directly into your bloodstream.

For More Information

Please contact us if you would like to request more information about the various types of sedation dentistry that are available. And please let us know if you commonly experience dental anxiety, as we are used to dealing with this type of situation.