Sedation Dentistry

Relax and feel comfortable throughout your visit.

What Is Sedation

50% of the population feels nervous about visiting the dentist, but we can help with that.

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Sedation dentistry helps you relax at the dentist so that you can sit comfortably through your dental visit. We realize that going to the dentist can be stressful and even scary, especially if you haven’t gone in years.

Have no fear (literally) with our safe and predictable medicine that instantly eases your anxiety. Our Annandale, VA dentists offer minimal inhaled sedation through nitrous oxide because it’s fast-acting, wears off quickly, and is a proven way to stop dental fear almost instantly.

Sedation dentistry is ideal for:

  • Extreme dental fear or anxiety
  • Strong gag reflexes or high sensitivity
  • Multiple procedures in one appointment

Nitrous Oxide

Keeping you calm in the dentist chair.

Nitrous oxide is a safe and predictable sedation dentistry option that works almost instantly. (It’s also known as laughing gas.) With the help of our teamLearn more about our team, you simply put on a mask over your nose and inhale the nitrous oxide; breathe it in, and you’ll quickly feel relaxed.

You’ll feel calm and in a euphoric-like state but still in control of your body. Our dentistLearn more about our dentist is beside you to control the process and ensure your safety and comfort. At the end of your visit, we will have you breath in some oxygen to clear the nitrous oxide from your body, then you take the mask off and breathe in and out as normal. After that, the sedative effects quickly wear off.

Unlike stronger sedation options, you can drive home after your visit and won’t feel any lingering effects.

A young woman being sedated with nitrous oxide
Hear what our patients are saying about us.

Henry CluneHenry Clune
05:34 08 Jan 22
Hannah, Cenae, and Nicole are the embodiment of professionalism. They always bring joy to every visit, and I love talking to them after my appointments. On top of those 3 making my reception into the dentists warm and welcome, the dentist's themselves do the best job everytime. My teeth come out cleaner than a baby's bottom and I feel like I have a new mouth leaving the place. I will literally go here until I die. 5/5 would definitely recommend if looking for a new dentist. Best receptionist's ever too.UPDATE:Elizabeth (like the queen) was my hygienist for my most recent visit. Did she do a good job? Is the Pope Catholic? My teeth feel cleaner than a new Lamborghini being unveiled for the first time at an auto show. She always does an amazing job!Still 5/5 would totally recommend for anyone looking for a dentist.
Courtney BCourtney B
00:08 12 Dec 21
Front desk lady and lady who brought me back were cold but my dental hygienist Jimmy was amazing and so kind. He was friendly and made me comfortable to ask questions and get feedback about my dental care. He and Dr. Johnson both gave me confidence in my care and care plan moving forward. I recently moved but will go out of my way to continue going back. They do a great job working with insurance as well. Highly recommend.
Melynda WortendykeMelynda Wortendyke
21:34 07 Dec 21
I had an amazing visit today at Annandale Smiles. It started with a friendly staff who confirmed my information before a very short wait for my appointment. Next, I was taken on a short tour of the facility, where the cleanliness and comfortable decor made me feel at ease. Once in the roommy dental hygienist, Jimmy, explained everything that was going to happen in a very comforting manner. If anyone has a fear of dentist, he’s your man. He did such an excellent job of cleaning my teeth, to the extent that I could feel a difference by the end. Doctor Mike came in and checked me over letting me know that I was in good condition. They answered my questions with authority and even advised on some brands to use for what I was looking for. It was an excellent visit and I would wholeheartedly recommend this office!
Natalie CuzmarNatalie Cuzmar
14:10 15 Oct 21
As a new patient, I loved my experience at Annandale Smiles! The exam rooms were clean and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable! Nancy (the hygienist) explained everything during the cleaning and how to improve my flossing! Dr. Michael and his assistant, Gaby, kept me relaxed and made me feel comfortable during my fillings. Added bonus that they give you a welcome bag with goodies and there’s a ton of free parking! 10/10 would recommend!
Jennifer DeForestJennifer DeForest
11:20 02 Oct 21
I've been coming here for years. Jimmy is one of my favorite hygienist! Careful and thoughtful throughout the entire cleaning process. 💯 Recommended!

FAQs: Sedation

Learn more about this safe and comfortable treatment.

  • What sedation is used for dentistry?
    Several different types of sedation dentistry treatments may be used at the dentist, including nitrous oxide gas, pills for oral sedation, and IV sedation. The strength and lingering effects vary, and some moderate sedatives may require you have a designated driver.

    Our Annandale, VA family dentist uses gas for a faster, gentler, and more predictable way to help you feel comfortable during your visit.

  • Do you feel pain with sedation dentistry?
    No, you don’t feel pain with sedation dentistry because our dentist closely monitors your symptoms during treatment. Based on your treatment, we recommend the best sedative and may also use an anesthetic to help ensure a painless procedure.
  • How much does sedation dentistry cost?
    The cost of sedation dentistry varies depending on your dental treatment, insurance coverage, and choice of sedative. Please contact our team directly to discuss costs for sedation dentistry along with insurance, financing, and payment options.
  • What happens during dental sedation?
    Depending on the type of sedation used, you may be awake or asleep during your dental visit. However, regardless of the sedative, you’ll feel calm and relaxed in the dental chair.

    Our dental practice in Annandale, VA, uses laughing gas. Before administering nitrous oxide, we let you know exactly what to expect and are with you every step of the way. We’ll fine-tune the dose for your needs, and you’ll still be in control of your body.

  • Can patients hear when sedated?
    Our dental practice uses minimal sedation with laughing gas, so yes, you’ll be able to hear and speak during your visit. It’s a common option for children and adults, and based on your medical history, we’ll let you know if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry in Annandale.

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