Do you get terrified at the thought of going to the dentist’s office?  A lot of people feel exactly the same way. In fact, for some people, the fear is so bad that they’ll actually skip needed treatments just to avoid time in the chair.  

That’s no good, and fortunately there’s an answer.  We offer Falls Church, VA sedation dentistry services to anyone who needs it.

Although alleviating fear and anxiety is one reason for making use of Falls Church, VA sedation dentistry, it’s not the only reason.  Some people have extremely sensitive teeth and can’t handle even routine procedures without a little something extra to help them relax.  Still others have a strong gag reflex, in which case mild sedation may be the only way they can get through some procedures.

Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered.

Falls Church, VA sedation dentistry takes many forms, but one of the most common is mild oral sedation.  As the name implies, this works by giving you a pill about an hour before your procedure is slated to begin so it has time to start taking effect.  While it won’t knock you out completely, it will dull your senses to the point that you may not remember many of the details about whatever procedure you’re having.

There are a wide range of medications that can be used to accomplish this goal, including:

  • Diazepam
  • Triazolam
  • Halcion
  • Versed
  • Zaleplon
  • Lorazepam
  • And Hydroxyzine

There’s a caveat, though.  If you have a health problem you’re taking medication for, you’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that the medication you’re on and the medication we’ll be giving you to help you relax don’t interact badly.

If, for any reason, you can’t, or don’t want us to give us a pill to sedate you, we’ve got other options available.  Another common form of sedation is via Nitrous Oxide, which you probably know by its slang name, “laughing gas.”

It’s extremely fast-acting, and wears off just as quickly, which means that you may even be able to drive yourself home, which is often not the case with orally administered drugs.

Minimal sedation is useful in a wide range of situations, but for particularly invasive procedures, something stronger may be required.  In those cases, IV sedation or general anesthesia may be required.

It should be noted that there’s always a risk, any time you are put under sedation, but those risks are usually quite small.  We talked earlier about how sometimes, the medications you’re on might interact badly with the medication we use to relax you, but there are other potential complications as well.  For example, if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, it could cause complications. Again, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you have any concerns at all, just be sure to let both your doctor and your dentist know.