Sedation Dentistry Arlington VA
Does the thought of going to the dentist make you panic? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are frightened of the dentist. The loud tools, the poking and prodding, and the need to sit still in a chair for an hour or so can induce panic in some people.
Fortunately, you can get your dental problems fixed without fear. Sedation dentistry is now an option at almost all dentist’s offices. These methods help you calm down and reduce your anxiety.
If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, we encourage you to be forthcoming with Dr. Layth or any member of our lovely team about your concerns. When we are aware of a patient’s specific needs in advance, we can take precautions to ensure the visit is fully customized to their comfort level. If needed, we would be happy to provide conscious nitrous sedation to help you feel relaxed in the dental chair.
Among the many options for sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – is perhaps the most convenient method for patients because it induces relaxation and comfort typically without causing you to lose consciousness. However, some patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep.
At the time of your appointment, our dentist and team will fit a nose mask over your face to start the flow of gas. Nitrous oxide is fast acting and completely safe, and our team will remain with you throughout the appointment. Unlike other sedation tactics, nitrous oxide has no lingering effects. It wears off within minutes of the mask being removed, and you will be able to drive yourself home from our office.
Levels of Sedation Dentistry
There are four degrees of sedation:
- Minimal. This allows you to stay awake, but you’ll be relaxed.
- Moderation. This is a conscious form of sedation where you may not remember much. You may slur your words as well.
- Deep. This is at the boundary between being conscious and unconscious. You can still be awakened easily.
- General. This allows you to be completely unconscious during the procedure. You will not be awake and you will not remember anything.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
While nitrous oxide is the most common form of sedation, dentists may use other methods as well. They include the following:
- Oral sedation. This involves taking a pill, such as Valium, to make you drowsy.
- IV sedation. The medication is given to you via an IV. The dentist can adjust the dose as needed.
- General anesthesia. This is the highest degree of sedation. It uses medication to make you unconscious. You cannot be awakened until the anesthesia wears off.
Contact Us Today
You don’t need to let your fear of the dentist prevent you from seeking treatment. Please feel free to contact our team at 703-525-0157 if you struggle with dental anxiety and are interested in trying nitrous oxide in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Layth Ghanim will gladly meet with you to discuss your fears and create a customized approach to helping you receive the care you need. Schedule a consultation today.