Many patients suffer from anxiety preventing them from completing routine procedures. Sedation Dentistry allows for patients with dental anxiety or difficulties tolerating dental procedures to have a comfortable and relaxing experience while in the dental chair.
The various levels of sedation offered at Virginia Family Dentistry provides our patients with comfort and relaxation during treatment. Dental-averse patients are able to overcome dental anxiety and receive the treatment needed to improve their oral health.
Our dentists work with patients to determine the best sedation option for their needs.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation is an optional treatment to make your time at the dentist more relaxing. It is designed to ease anxiety in patients an can be administered to varying degrees during any procedure. Sedation creates a comfortable patient experience while in the dental chair.
What are the types of sedation offered at Virginia Family Dentistry?
The three major routes by which these sedation options are administered at Virginia Family Dentistry are: oral, inhalation, and intravenous (IV). Prior to treatment, an evaluation with the dentist is made to assess the patient’s overall health and specific needs. When necessary, a consultation with the patient’s physician may also be required. The three modes of sedation are not only different in their administration, but in their level of anxiety and pain control.
are often prescribed that the patient takes prior to coming to the dental office for treatment. These sedatives (sleeping pills) are often combined with the nitrous oxide, and the patient is very relaxed and generally not aware of the treatment being provided. Since the patient is more sedated, they must have someone bring them to the office, and be with them the rest of the day. This is ideal for longer, more invasive procedures, and for patients that would rather not be aware of the dental treatment being provided.
Inhalation (Nitrous Oxide)
Patients breathe in nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask over the nose. The gas helps patients to relax while the dentist controls the amount of sedation received. Once the procedure is complete, the gas will wear off quickly.
(conscious sedation) is administered in the dental office, and the patient is extremely relaxed and unconcerned about what is going on around them. They are able to respond to commands and breathe without assistance, however the patient is unaware of the dental treatment being provided. Obviously, a responsible person is needed to be with the patient following the procedure. Typically, IV sedation is for more extensive procedures, such as the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. It is the most effective method of gaining predictable and adequate sedation in nearly all patients.
In some cases, Virginia Family Dentistry’s Dentists will work with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to administer IV sedation to patients. A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse who administers anesthesia and other medications. They also take care of and monitor people who receive or are recovering from anesthesia. CRNAs have specialized training and knowledge to administer anesthesia safely and properly. CRNAs work closely with Dentists to administer sedation during procedures. Learn more
We suggest an evaluation with one of our general dentists if you are considering sedation during your next procedure. They will further discuss your particular needs and make suggestions for your treatment.