At Endodontic Excellence, we recognize that some patients are apprehensive about coming to a dental office. With your comfort as our main focus, we offer many ways to manage dental anxiety and improve the overall comfort, efficiency, and outcome of your procedure.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
- Do you suffer from dental anxiety?
- Do you have an overactive gag reflex?
- Do you have trouble keeping your mouth open?
- Do you have special needs or disability?
- Do you struggle to sit in a dental chair for long periods?
One of the most popular forms of sedation is nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” With a longstanding record for its safety, nitrous oxide works quickly, keeps you calm and comfortable, and its effects wear off quickly so you can be back to normal.
Nitrous oxide is administered through a small nose mask, and as you inhale, you’ll start to feel a warm, pleasant sensation and a profound sense of well-being. You’ll be fully conscious and able to communicate with our team, but everything around you will seem far away and dreamy.
When we complete your procedure, we replace the nitrous oxide with pure oxygen, and as you breathe it in, you’ll feel the drowsy effects start to disappear. In a few minutes, you’ll feel alert and refreshed and be able to drive yourself home from your appointment safely.
We also offer oral sedation, where Dr. Alan Lee will prescribe an anti-anxiety sedative for you to take conveniently about an hour before your scheduled procedure. When you arrive at our specialist’s office, you’ll already feel calm and relaxed and ready for your appointment. However, you will need a driver to get you safely home since the drowsy effects can linger from a few to several hours.
Another option we may recommend sleep sedation for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety. At Endodontic Excellence, we partner with a licensed dental anesthesiologist who delivers a safe amount of sedatives intravenously (i.e., IV sedation) and monitors your level of sedation to ensure your health and comfort.
If you choose to be sleep-sedated for your root canal treatment or other endodontic procedure, Dr. Alan Lee can coordinate with your general dentist so you can receive additional dental procedures needed while you are safely sedated. The bonus is that you will sleep through the entire procedure and wake up with a healthier mouth!
Our goal is to make your endodontic experience with us completely comfortable and pain-free. If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry at our Reston, VA dental office, please contact us by calling (703) 429-9926 or sending us an online inquiry to schedule a consultation appointment. We also serve patients in Herndon, Chantilly, Centreville, Manassas, Vienna, Fairfax, Tysons, Great Falls, Sterling, Ashburn, South Riding, Loudon County, and surrounding communities.