Sedation Dentistry

Your Sedation Dentist in Alexandria

sedation dentistry for AlexandriaSedation dentistry provides a safe and simple way to be comfortable while having your dental work done. Many people avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety. They may dread the pain associated with dental work, or they may have had an unpleasant experience in the past that keeps them from wanting to go again. If this describes how you have felt about dental visits, then dental sedation may be the solution for you. Our qualified sedation dentist can help YOU receive the dental work you want or need with absolutely no stress on your part. Come enjoy pain-free dentistry at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, and get the dazzling smile you deserve if you are in the Alexandria area.

Types of Dental Sedation Options for Mt Vernon Patients

Uncertainty can cause fear. We provide our Mt Vernon and Alexandria patients with as much education as possible so that they can understand all of their options and ensure maximum comfort. The more you know about your dental sedation options, the less you will have to worry about your upcoming treatment. We provide four dental sedation techniques that are safe and effective.

Oral Conscious Sedation

With oral sedation, the patient will take a small pill called Triazolam prescribed to them by their Mt. Vernon’s dentist. The pill quickly sends the person into a state of relaxation that allows them to lose focus on what is happening around them. When patients want the benefits of moderate sedation without needles, they may opt for oral sedation. This medicine is a safe, quick-acting sedative with virtually no side effects.

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Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is gas that patients inhale using a mask throughout their treatment. The amount is easily adjusted and is the mildest of our sedation options. Laughing gas creates a mild euphoric feeling, and is a good option for patients who have only mild dental anxiety. Before your appointment begins, you will be administered laughing gas, which is easy to breathe and will make you calm and relaxed.

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IV Sedation

IV sedation induces deep relaxation when administered intravenously. IV sedation takes immediate effect, and you will feel as if your procedure lasts only a minute or two. Before your appointment begins, you will be administered sedation medication through an IV. Our dentists will monitor your vitals and adjust your sedation levels whenever necessary. Conscious sedation and IV sedation can make you drowsy, so you will need to be driven to your appointment by someone. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy the rare pleasure of walking right past the waiting room and into a room that will be waiting for you. Once you are comfortably situated and the conscious sedation process is complete, Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady will begin your dental work.

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia results in no memory of the procedure and a loss of consciousness during treatment. The person is fully asleep after the sedative is administered through an intravenous line. General anesthesia is the recommended sedation level for patients who are unable to tolerate dental treatment for mental or physical reasons.

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Benefits and Advantages of Sedation Dentistry

  • Feel completely relaxed as Dr. Geren or Dr. Mady takes care of your dental needs
  • Save time by consolidating your dental work into a single visit
  • Walk into our office and walk out the same day with a beautiful and natural-looking smile you will be thrilled to show off
  • Sedation dentistry can truly give you a whole new, positive outlook on dentistry

Absolute Comfort

IV sedation and oral conscious sedation for AlexandriaOur compassionate dentists do everything they can to guarantee an ideal patient experience. In addition to dental sedation and gentle care, you can enjoy patient luxuries like:

  • A private dental suite
  • Custom chair pads and neck pillows
  • Warm blankets
  • In-room TVs
  • Hospitality bar with coffee, tea, water, and juice
  • Financial options
  • A warm, caring, and attentive team

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
If any of the following situations describe you, schedule a consultation with our sedation dentist.

  • Dental fear or anxiety
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • Difficulty becoming numb from anesthetics
  • Overactive gag reflex
  • Lengthy dental procedures you would like to achieve in one sitting
What is Sleep Dentistry?
The term “sleep dentistry” is sometimes used to describe sedation dentistry, but it is not entirely accurate. Sleep dentistry does not actually mean you fall asleep when you choose sedation dentistry. While some options may induce sleep, most sedation dentistry will only make you feel as if you have been asleep because you feel so safe, relaxed, and comfortable.
What Should I Expect from my Sedation Dentistry Procedure?
You can expect pain-free dentistry from any sedated dental procedure. Our sedation dentist will give you the prescription or information necessary before your procedure so you will know what to expect. You may need to take a pill before your sedation dentistry procedure, or you can simply enter our office and be made comfortable by our caring staff.

In some cases, you may need to bring someone to drive you to and from your sedation dentistry procedure. Your sedation dentistry experience will vary based upon which type of sedation you and your sedation dentist decide is right for you!

What Dental Sedation Options Do I Have?
Here at Mt. Vernon’s Center for Dentistry, you have not just one or two options, but four safe dental sedation options to choose from. To learn more details about each of our options for dental anxiety, give us a call or see our “What Types of Dental Sedation are Available?” page.

Inhaled minimal sedation | Laughing gas is administered through a mask placed over the nose. The gas helps you relax and wears off quickly after your visit.
Moderate oral sedation | With oral sedation, the patient simply takes a pill about one hour prior to the procedure. The prescription will make you drowsy and calm during your appointment.
Moderate IV sedation | IV sedation is administered through the veins and takes effect quickly. The patient will remain awake, but their minds and bodies will be at ease.
Deep sedation/general anesthesia | Patients are deeply asleep throughout the procedure.

Is Sedation Dentistry Used for Anything Besides Dental Anxiety?
Even patients without a fear of the dentist can benefit from dental sedation.

For Busy Patients | Sedation dentistry allows patients to sit back and feel comfortable for hours while your dentist totally transforms your smile. You will be free from dental discomfort while you progress towards a healthy and stunning smile.
For Patients with Difficulty Getting Numb | If local anesthesia is not enough to make you comfortable, consider relaxing with dental sedation.
For Patients with an Overactive Gag Reflex | An overactive reflex can make treatments uncomfortable or even impossible. Dental sedation puts the muscles at ease and allows you to receive the dental care you need.
For Other Patients | There are many problems that may result in a patient struggling throughout their time in the dental chair. If you have any concerns about your next appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask us about dental sedation. We are sure that one of our options will make you feel comfortable during any dental treatments you may need.

Contact Us

If you experience dental anxiety, dental sedation can help you receive the dental work you need. In the Mt. Vernon area, conscious sedation is available with Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry. Call our Alexandria Virginia office today to learn more about sedation dentistry and to set up a dental sedation appointment.