Sedation Dentistry: How to Feel Less Anxious in the Dental Chair
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
Dental fears often keep patients from getting the care they need to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. However, dental anxieties can be addressed with proper methods of sedation. At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, patients in the area of McLean, VA can rest easy in the dental chair with two methods of sedation: oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.
Oral conscious sedation
A popular method of sedation used in our practice for patients with mild to moderate dental anxieties is that of oral conscious sedation. This method of sedation requires the patient to schedule a consultation appointment prior to their treatments during which our dental staff will prescribe a medication that is taken orally approximately one hour before patients arrive at the dental office. Patients are able to walk, talk, and answer questions, but are completely at ease for their appointment. This method of sedation is great for individuals who need a little push to get to their appointments for dental work, and can be used for all types of procedures, even examinations and cleanings.
For patients with more severe anxieties, IV sedation may be recommended. IV sedation is a method of sedation that is administered intravenously. A needle is used with this method, during which the IV sedation will enter directly into the bloodstream. This is done by an experienced professional, and patients are monitored throughout their treatment to ensure they are safe and sedation is effective. Not everyone is a proper candidate for this method of sedation, and many do just fine with oral conscious sedation instead.
Call the dentists of Galleria Dnetal Aesthetics today to learn about sedation dentistry
Feeling at ease is so important for having a pleasant experience at the dental practice. We encourage patients in and around the community to visit our team to learn about the two methods of sedation used in our practice. Drs. Chong Lee, Joseph Oh, and Kirsten Lee can help patients in choosing the solution right for them based on their specific level of anxiety. Call (703) 448-1020 to book an appointment at the office conveniently located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120 in McLean, VA.
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