Because of fear or anxiety concerning the dentist’s office, many people avoid appointments altogether, threatening their oral health. Here at Monarch Dentistry, we understand these concerns very well, but we also want to help you enjoy the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. That’s why we provide sedation dentistry in the Vienna, VA area. Our sedation services create a comfortable environment for patients, helping them stay fully relaxed throughout their procedure. This option is also helpful when patients need to undergo significantly complex or overly long procedures that would be uncomfortable for anyone. If you’re interested in undergoing sedation dentistry during your treatment with our dedicated staff, please contact us! We welcome patients from Tysons Corner, McLean, Washington D.C., and beyond.
Typically, our doctors recommend nitrous oxide for patients who suffer from mild feelings of dental-related anxiety. We’ll administer this “laughing gas” to patients through a nasal mask, and within minutes, they should start to feel happier and more relaxed. The most significant benefit of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off very quickly after the gas is removed, which allows patients to return to work, run errands, and even drive themselves home from their procedure.
Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is often ideal for patients who suffer from a moderate level of dental phobia. We will provide a prescription for a sedative; patients simply need to take the medication at a certain point before their appointment and have a trusted friend or family member escort them to our Vienna location. While not technically unconscious, patients will still enter a deep state of comfort while under oral sedation; in fact, patients often experience an amnesic effect concerning the procedure itself, which is often ideal. Once we’re finished, the escort will need to take the patient home and keep an eye on them for the next few hours.
IV sedation is somewhat similar to oral conscious sedation, but it’s administered intravenously, making it easier for our team to adjust the dosage and ensure complete comfort for the patient. The medication will quickly enter the patient’s body, helping them relax instantly to the point that they won’t remember or even be aware of any dental work being performed. Dr. Flenniken is certified in IV sedation and can provide it confidently for nervous or anxious patients in need of assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry
Is it pain-free?
Yes! In fact, patients will feel nothing.
What is the duration of the relaxation?
It all depends on the patient's unique needs. We strongly advise that patients rest for a minimum of three to four hours once they reach their home.
Should someone accompany me?
Yes. Because of the sedative effects of the medication, someone should accompany both to our office and back home.
Is it safe?
IV sedation dentistry is very safe. One of our team members will always with you to monitor your vitals during the entire visit.