Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?
posted: Dec. 10, 2021.
Is dental anxiety or phobia stopping you from improving your smile? Dr. Christopher and Dr. Favagehi at Falls Church Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery can help. We provide sedation dentistry in Falls Church, VA, because we understand the impact of dental anxiety. Whether you’re in for your first periodontal visit or are preparing for dental implant surgery, we strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation or sleep dentistry refers to the use of medication to reduce or eliminate fear and anxiety that often sets in before and during a dental procedure. The medications used and methods of application vary. The most common options include:
- General anesthesia
- Laughing gas sedation (nitrous oxide)
- IV sedation
- Oral sedation
Sedation is commonly used for dental surgery, but you can also use sedation dentistry for preventative care and other dental examinations. If you’re extremely anxious, nervous, or scared of a visit to the dentist, there’s a good chance that you will qualify for some type of sedation.
How it Works
When you schedule an appointment with sedation dentistry in Falls Church, VA, you will receive medication before the appointment begins. Your dental team will discuss your sedation options in advance and help you select the right option for your personal situation. You may take medication to ease anxiety before arriving, but many forms of sedation are applied while in the office.
Once the sedation has been applied, you can receive dental treatment without pain or anxiety. Some patients cannot remember anything about the appointment when the sedation wears off while others have some memory.
Signs Sedation Dentistry is Right for You
Sedation or sleep dentistry is a good option for you if one or more of the following apply:
- Dental fear or anxiety stops you from receiving the dental care you need
- You’re scheduled for a dental procedure that could involve significant pain
- You find even basic dental examinations painful
- You can handle routine dental appointments but are extremely fearful or anxious for more complicated procedures
Working with a compassionate dental team may relieve a lot of anxiety. When that fails, sedation may allow you to receive care without unnecessary distress.
Advanced Dental Care You Can Trust
If you’re interested in considering a better way to get the dental care you need, contact Dr. Christopher and Dr. Favagehi at Falls Church Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery. We provide sedation dentistry in Falls Church, VA, and are easily reached at (703) 237-3700 for questions and appointments.