Oral Sedation Dentistry – Alexandria, VA
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Oral surgery takes time, and many patients are nervous about receiving treatment beforehand. It’s no surprise, then, that some need help staying fully relaxed and comfortable during their visit. Here at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer various kinds of sedation as well as general anesthesia that can help you have a pain and stress-free procedure. Feel free to call us to learn more about the available options for oral sedation dentistry during your upcoming treatment.
Why Choose Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery for Oral Sedation Dentistry?
- Multiple Forms of Dental Sedation Available
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Quality Patient Care
Oral Conscious Dental Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is usually recommended for lengthier procedures or patients with moderate to severe anxieties. You’ll be provided with some medication to take before your appointment; once it takes effect, you’ll still be awake enough to follow directions, but you’ll also be so relaxed that you’re likely to have trouble remembering anything about your visit afterward. Plan on having someone else drive you home, as the effects will not have fully worn off.
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide is ideal for briefer procedures, and it helps soothe milder cases of anxiety. You’ll breathe in the sedative through a nasal mask throughout the treatment. Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas”, which refers to the giddy feeling that it causes while you’re under its effects; you’ll be unbothered by anything going on around you while the surgery takes place. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide wears off relatively quickly, so you can carry on with your normal daily routine following your appointment.
IV Dental Sedation
IV sedation is one of the strongest forms of sedation available that still leaves patients awake during their treatment. The sedative is delivered into your bloodstream to put you in an advanced state of relaxation. It’s not uncommon for patients to doze off, but you can be awakened very easily. Most people don’t even remember what happened during the treatment, which is good news for particularly anxious patients.
When you think of being put to sleep for surgery, you’re thinking of general anesthesia. This is somewhat like IV sedation, except it keeps you completely unconscious during your procedure. While you’re under the effects of general anesthesia, our team will monitor you to make sure that you stay safe and comfortable the whole time. There are a few steps you’ll need to take to prepare for a procedure involving general anesthesia, and we’ll make sure you’re fully informed of them well ahead of time.