Sedation Dentistry

If you have any fears concerning dental treatment, we are here to improve your dental experience and help you feel comfortable from the moment you walk in our office. Many patients suffer from fears related to dental procedures, common smells, and noises associated with them or generalized anxiety about their visit. In addition to fear and anxiety, perhaps you have a very strong gag reflex or a low pain tolerance. Dental sedation can enable you to receive the treatment you need or desire while completely relaxed and comfortable. Sedation dentistry can be life-changing for anyone suffering from poor oral health and complex dental problems as a result of avoiding the dentist chair for some time. If you are interested in sedation dentistry in Northern VA, we’re here to help!

Types of Sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas inhaled through the nose. One of the key benefits is that it takes effect immediately and wears off just as quickly.
  • IV Sedation: Ridgetop Dental is one of few Northern Virginia dentist offices providing the option of IV sedation. Our trained and experienced team will administer and monitor your sedation. With IV sedation, the level of sedation can be adjusted as needed throughout your visit.
  • General Anesthesia: When other forms of sedation are not sufficient to conquer fear, we offer general anesthesia, which will put you in a sleep-like state during your dental treatment. Your sedation will be administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist in the comfort of our modern dentist office.

Dental sedation can wear off almost immediately or can last for 24 hours. The length of the sedation effect will depend on which sedation option you choose. The only one that wears off before you leave the dentist office is nitrous oxide sedation. For the other options, you should have a friend or family member drive you to-and-from your appointment.

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