Are you terrified of spending time in the dentist’s chair?  You’re not alone. In fact, lots of people are so scared of going to the dentist that they’ll actually forego needed treatments just to avoid having to face that fear.  We understand, which is why our Annandale, VA office offers sedation dentistry as an option.

There are several different levels of sedation.  Which one is appropriate for you is dependent on your specific circumstances, and the procedure you’re having done.  Broadly speaking, those levels of sedation are:

Minimal Sedation – As the name suggests, this is the mildest form of sedation available.  It will relax you, but you’ll remain fully awake during the entire procedure.

Moderate Sedation – This next step up will leave you deeply relaxed.  So much so that you may slur your words and may not remember much about the procedure.

Deep Sedation – Here, you’re not quite unconscious, but you may as well be.  You’ll definitely not remember much about the procedure and will need to be shaken awake or given time to allow the sedative to wear off.

General Anesthesia – The deepest form of sedation, which sees you completely unconscious.

Where Annandale, VA sedation dentistry is concerned, far and away the most common forms of sedation are mild inhaled sedation via nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as “laughing gas”), and oral sedation, which can be mild to moderate, depending on the procedure you’re undergoing, and the dose given.

It should be noted that oral sedation isn’t for everyone.  If you struggle with weight problems, or if you have obstructive sleep apnea, then there could be complications, and you’ll want to consult with your doctor first.

Also, if you’re taking other medications, then Annandale, VA oral sedation dentistry might be less than ideal because it’s possible that the oral medication given could interact in unexpected ways with the medication you’re currently on.  Again, in those cases, it’s important to consult with your doctor to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk.

While there’s always some risk associated with any form of sedation, those risks are usually quite minimal, and there are numerous advantages associated with sedation, not the least of which is the fact that if you’re incredibly anxious or fearful about having work done, it may be the case that it’s the only way you can tolerate the procedure.

The other big advantage is that if you have to undergo a lengthy or complex procedure, there are really only two options:  Either break the procedure up over several visits (which can be vastly more complicated and expensive), or undergo sedation, which will allow your dentist to get all the work done in one go.

Our main goal is to make sure you have excellent oral health and an award-winning smile, and that the process of getting you to that point is as comfortable as we can make it.