Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Tysons Corner
8100 Boone Blvd., Suite 100, Vienna, VA 22182
If visiting the dentist is a stressful experience for you, you’re likely one of the millions of people affected by dental anxiety. In fact, some people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they avoid scheduling appointments, neglecting their oral health. Fortunately, dental sedation is a safe and effective treatment that takes away the fear of visiting the dentist. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having calming sedation dentistry in Vienna.
Sedation dentistry encompasses a variety of options—IV sedation dentistry, laughing gas, and oral sedation dentistry—to ensure patient comfort and relaxation during dental procedures. While it’s more commonly called sleep dentistry, you’ll remain awake during your procedure unless you’re receiving general anesthesia. Sedation for dental treatment involves receiving a sedative medication or gas before beginning dental treatment. Whether you need a complex or a more routine procedure, you may be a candidate for dental sedation.
For many patients, knowing whether sleep dentistry is an affordable option is a concern. Fortunately, most forms of dental sedation are cost-effective, although your total cost can vary based on the type of sedation you receive and the length of your dental procedure. For further information about sedation dentistry cost, please call our office to schedule a consultation, or ask about the affordable financing plans we offer.
Dental sedation is a good choice if you have dental anxiety or feel uncomfortable in the dentist’s office. Sedation greatly reduces anxiety and can help you feel more relaxed while receiving dental care. To learn more about our compassionate sedation dentistry in Vienna, call our office for more information.
Possible dental sedation options include:
Laughing gas: Laughing gas is a common method used to help patients relax during dental treatment. During treatment, a mask is placed over your nose that delivers laughing gas. The effects of the gas work very quickly, and you can expect to remain awake and able to interact with your dentist if necessary.
Oral sedation dentistry: Oral sedation is also called “conscious” sedation, and it involves taking a prescribed medication shortly before your scheduled procedure. The most commonly used medication is called Halcion, which is similar to Valium. The medication helps you feel significantly more relaxed. You’ll likely be awake during the procedure, although it’s not uncommon for some patients to feel drowsy enough to fall asleep.
IV sedation dentistry: This form of sedation is delivered intravenously through a vein, helping the medication work quickly as it gets into your bloodstream. It’s also easy for the dentist to control the dose given, and you won’t be fully asleep during treatment.
Deep sedation: If deep sedation is needed, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia. This will induce a state of deep sleep, and you’ll be unconscious during your procedure. Deep sedation is commonly used for patients who receive surgical dental procedures.
Our office offers a variety of these sedation dentistry options that will help you feel comfortable while you receive dental care. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each and make a recommendation.
One of the main benefits of dental sedation is that it can be customized to meet patients’ individual needs. If you avoid visiting the dentist because it makes you feel anxious or fearful, dental sedation can help make receiving dental care a more relaxing and calming experience. If you have a fear of needles, dental sedation can help reduce your fears, allowing for a stress-free appointment. Dental sedation can also help if you have a sensitive gag reflex by eliminating the feeling of choking or gagging during a dental procedure. If you need a large amount of dental work, sedation dentistry can help your dentist accomplish more in fewer visits to our office.
Some insurance companies categorize dental sedation in a similar way to cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, and may not provide coverage. However, if sedation is considered medically required, it’s more likely to be covered. Please contact your provider to find out if your plan includes sedation dentistry insurance coverage.
The sedation method you receive is the primary factor in determining how long the effects of sedation for dental treatment will last. Since the effects of laughing gas start to immediately wear off once you stop breathing in the gas, most patients are able to drive themselves home. Since IV sedation dentistry and oral sedation are stronger sedation methods, it’s normal to feel groggy and sleepy for several hours after receiving treatment. For this reason, you’ll need someone to drive you home if you receive a stronger sedative.
Don’t let fear and anxiety keep you from having a healthy smile. We offer safe and effective sedation dentistry in Vienna, which has helped many patients feel more relaxed and at ease while undergoing treatment. Schedule your appointment today.