Take the Edge Off with Minimal Sedation Dentistry in Annandale, VA

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Fear No More with Minimal Sedation Dentistry in Annandale, VA

If the thought of going to the dentist fills you with dread, you’re not alone. Some people hate the sight of all those pointy objects. For others, it’s the sound of the drills and such that sends them into a panic. Sadly, this fear is so great for some people that it actually keeps them from getting treatments they need. They’d literally rather just live with the pain than get it fixed.

Whatever the source of your anxiety, know that we understand, which is why we offer minimal sedation dentistry in Annandale, VA for patients who need it.

Minimal sedation dentistry in Annandale, VA isn’t designed to knock you out cold, it’s just designed to help you relax and take the edge off your fear. You will probably get drowsy, and you may not remember much about the procedure, but you’re unlikely to actually fall asleep.

Most commonly, it’s accomplished via the administration of drugs, orally. We’ll either ask you to arrive about an hour before your procedure is scheduled to begin so the meds have time to work, or in some cases, we’ll give them to you to take home, so you can take them before you arrive to get the work done.

There are a wide variety of drugs used to administer minimal sedation dentistry in Annandale, VA. These include, but are not limited to:

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

Oral sedation works most of the time, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, there are always risks. These risks are almost always negligible, but they are present, and if you have any concerns at all, you should bring them up with both your doctor and your dentist to help put your mind more at ease.

It should also be noted that medicines can interact with each other, so if you’re currently taking medication for a pre-existing condition, be sure to let your doctor and your dentist know, so they can check to see if there are any reports of bad interactions between those medications. If so, then changes can be made, and that can be accounted for.

Also, note that if you have certain conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, that can add another potential complication and should be mentioned so it can be accounted for.

If, for whatever reason pills won’t work for you, we also offer nitrous oxide, which you probably know by its informal name, “laughing gas.” Rather than being administered orally, we give you nitrous oxide by slipping a mask over your face and mouth a few minutes before the procedure begins, and you simply breathe it in.

In some ways, “laughing gas” is a better choice because it wears off very quickly and most people can drive themselves home after having their work done (which is not always the case with the oral medications).

In any case, just know that we’ve got you covered and will do everything we can to put your mind at ease. Give us a call and let’s get started, your perfect smile awaits!

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