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If you have dental anxiety, it can cause you to avoid visiting the dentist, thereby neglecting your oral health. Although it’s common to feel nervous about going to the dentist, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Consider having sedation dentistry in Northern Virginia if you have difficulty relaxing during dental appointments. With this service, you can receive the dental care you need while easing any feelings of fear and anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry Overview

Commonly referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry uses different types of sedatives to help patients feel relaxed and more at ease during dental procedures. Oral sedation dentistry, laughing gas, and IV sedation dentistry are all examples of common dental sedation options. Unless you’re receiving general anesthesia, you’ll remain awake and able to interact with your dentist while under dental sedation. Whether you need a cavity filled or require oral surgery, sedation for dental treatment is an option for most patients.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

Our office offers affordable sleep dentistry, although the cost can vary based on your unique needs and the type of sedation you receive. To learn more about your sedation dentistry cost, please contact our office for information, including about our financing plans.

Why Use Dental Sedation?

If you’ve been delaying care because you have dental anxiety or a general fear of visiting the dentist’s office, dental sedation can ease your anxiety and help you feel more comfortable while receiving the dental care you need. Contact us today to learn more about how getting sedation dentistry in Northern Virginia can help you feel more comfortable.

Are There Different Types of Sleep Dentistry?

Potential dental sedation options include:

Laughing gas: Laughing gas dental sedation involves breathing in gas through a mask. The gas helps you feel more relaxed almost immediately, but you remain awake during treatment. Your dentist controls how much gas is administered, and the effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed.

Oral sedation dentistry: With oral sedation, you’ll take a pill about an hour before your scheduled appointment. You’ll still be awake during your procedure, although it’s possible to feel groggy enough to fall asleep.

IV sedation dentistry: With this method, an IV is used to administer the sedative medication. Since the medication is delivered through the bloodstream, it helps you relax quickly. Throughout the procedure, your dentist can adjust the level of sedation you receive.

Deep sedation: Deep sedation is similar to general anesthesia, and your dentist will administer medication that induces a deep sleep. You will not be conscious while under deep sedation, and this method is usually reserved for patients who need surgical dental procedures.

We provide a variety of sedation dentistry options that will help you feel comfortable during dental procedures and will be happy to provide a recommendation for the option that best suits your needs.

Sleep Dentistry Benefits

There are many proven benefits of dental sedation. The primary advantage of sedation is being able to visit the dentist without experiencing any fear or anxiety. You also won’t have any pain during treatment, helping you remain comfortable. For patients with a sensitive gag reflex, dental sedation can eliminate the feeling of needing to gag or choke while the dentist provides dental care. If you have a mouth sensitivity or a fear of needles, sedation can ensure a stress-free dental experience. Lastly, sedation dentistry can be helpful for patients who require a lot of dental work, helping the dentist finish some procedures in one visit instead of many.

Can Dental Sedation Be Covered by Insurance?

Sedation dentistry insurance coverage typically depends on whether your treatment is considered medically necessary. This is usually the case with general anesthesia. Contact your insurance provider to see which types of sedation treatment are covered.

How Long Does Dental Sedation Take to Wear Off?

The amount of time it takes sedation for dental treatment to wear off depends on the type of sedation you receive. Milder types of sedation, such as laughing gas, wear off quickly and you should be able to drive home afterward. The effects of stronger sedatives, such as oral sedation and IV sedation dentistry take much longer to wear off, so you’ll likely need someone to drive you home after receiving one of these sedation methods.

Don’t put off your next dental appointment because of anxiety. Our dentists are here to help make your next dental visit a simple and relaxing experience. Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from stress-free sedation dentistry in Northern Virginia.

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