If you fear going to the dentist, you are far from alone. You may be among the millions of Americans coping with what we call dental anxiety, or even phobia. At Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry in Alexandria we you or anyone else putting their dental health at risk by avoiding regular checkups and cleanings. Sedation dentistry may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Sedation dentistry means using one of several options to put you in a state of relaxation so you can get the care you deserve. We offer three types:
- Nitrous oxide. This is the first-level option. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide works quickly and wears off quickly. It is very effective. It may or may not make you laugh, but should relax you enough for your appointment.
- Oral conscious sedation. You take a prescribed sedative an hour or so before your appointment. It will not make you sleep, but it will make you drowsy, and you will not be very aware of your surroundings.
- IV sedation. As the name suggests, this is administered intravenously. It’s the strongest sedation we have. You may think you’re completely unconscious, but you’ll be awake, and even able to answer questions, the entire time. You probably won’t remember much of the procedure afterwards.
It takes a while for oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to wear off. You will be required to have a ride to and from our office for both of these.
Sedation dentistry from the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria can get anxious patients through their appointments and maintain good dental health. We offer complete family dentistry, and much more. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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