Sedation Dentistry – Sterling, VA
Remain Calm and at Ease
with Sedation Dentistry
Tens of millions avoid going to the dentist solely because of fear, according to the American Dental Association. Whether it was due to a poor experience with a previous dentist or simply because of general anxiety, fear of dental visits can seriously put your oral health at risk. Dr. Uzma Ansari offers multiple strengths of dental sedation to keep you calm, no matter what your treatment entails. To find out which method is right for you, schedule an appointment today!
Why Choose Lowes Island Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?
- Nitrous Oxide for Fast Relief
- IV Sedation for More Severe Cases
- General Anesthesia Keeps You Asleep Through Treatment
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
The quickest way to relief mild anxiety and tension, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask throughout treatment. This gas is fast-acting, which means that the moment you begin your treatment is the same moment you feel your anxiety fade away. You’ll still be able to communicate with the dentist during if you need to as it does not put you to sleep entirely. Once complete, you can continue about your day without worry.
Oral Conscious Sedation
When you need a slightly stronger form of sedation than nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation offers solutions. This sedative is taken at home several hours before your treatment begins. When your appointment gets closer, we ask that you have a friend or family member drive you to our office. Once you arrive, you should be fully relaxed and ready for care. You’ll still be awake to inform Dr. Ansari of your comfort levels, but we ask that you have a ride home planned as well.
A stronger form of sedation dentistry, IV sedation stands for intravenous, meaning that it’s administer through an IV in your arm. Once the treatment begins, you’ll be deeply relaxed, even if you have severe levels of anxiety or dental phobia. Since it’s in an IV, Dr. Ansari can add more or less sedative from your IV on-the-fly, so making adjustments to improve your comfort is easy! Just make sure you have a friend or family member drive you from the practice and allow at least 12 hours for the effects to go away.
General Anesthesia (Sleep Dentistry)
This level of sedation is generally not found outside of hospitals, making it ideal for those with extreme anxiety or mental disorders that make it impossible to sit still in the dental chair. This is the only method we offer that effectively puts you to sleep entirely, making it impossible to remember any of your treatment. Since this sedation method is particularly heavy, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you from the practice.