Do you suffer from dental fear or anxiety?
At Brighter Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our team is committed to helping receive the dental care they need in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Zahra Kavianpour is an experienced dentist who offers high-quality care for patients with dental fear. Dr. Kavianpour and our team work with you to understand your needs and create an atmosphere where you feel comfortable and safe.
We offer a complete range of dental sedation options for patients of all ages. Our team will work with you to determine which form of sedation is right for you. If you would like to explore sedation dentistry options, visit our Sterling, VA dental practice.
Sedation Dentistry in Sterling, VA
Patients of all ages can benefit from sedation dentistry. However, it is important to work closely with our team, so we can recommend the best form of sedation for your needs. Your safety and comfort are important to our team, so we make every effort to ensure your needs are met.
- Patients can review the care they need without fear our worry
- Allows your dentist to work efficiently and carefully
- A comfortable experience at the dentist
- May have little to no memory of your treatment (depends on the type of sedation)
Is Sedation Dentistry Right For Me?
Our team may recommend dental sedation for a range of different reasons. Our team will evaluate your needs and review your medical history before recommending the appropriate type of sedation.
- Patients with a strong gag reflux
- Those with a low pain tolerance
- Fear of drills, needles, or loud noises
- Tooth sensitivity
- Need to undergo multiple treatments in one office visit
- For patients with special needs
- Movement disorder
- Anxious or fearful patients
Types of Sedation
At Brighter Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, your safety, comfort and overall experience at our office are important to our team. We make every effort to ensure your dental needs are met. To determine which form of sedation is right for you, our team will review your medical history, perform a complete oral exam, and may coordinate with your primary care doctor.
Nitrous Oxide: This form of sedation is commonly referred to as laughing gas. It is administered through a nasal mask and can help patients remain relaxed and comfortable throughout their visit. The effects of nitrous oxide diminish quickly after treatment, so, in many cases, patients can drive themselves home.
Oral Conscious Sedation: If a deeper relaxation is needed, a dentist may recommend oral conscious sedation. This form of sedation is administered in trough a pill which is taken before a patient’s scheduled appointment. It allows patients to remain calm and can be a viable solution for patients with dental fear.
General Anesthesia: Sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, general anesthesia allows patients to sleep during their dental treatment. This form of sedation puts patients in an unconscious state and is ideal for patients who may need complex treatment. General anesthesia can take up to 24 hours to fully diminish so it is imperative that patients coordinate a ride home after their procedure.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
What Patients Need Sedation Dentistry?
Patients who consider sedation dentistry often have a variety of reasons for this choice, such as phobias of dental procedures, a bad past experience with dentists, sensitive nerves, a small mouth, or a general anxiety disorder. If you are interested in finding more out about sedation dentistry ask your dentist about your options.
Are there side effects related to sedation?
Side effects of sedation are usually headaches, nausea and drowsiness. They usually go away shortly after the procedure. This is common for anyone who has had a procedure requiring sedation, and is not a concern for 24-48 hours post your procedure.
What should I do after I have been sedated?
Sedation levels vary from patient to patient, so it is important to make sure that you have someone around to help you for 24 hours after your operation to ensure you are safe. It is also important not to drive for 24 hours after being sedated. Many people sleep after being sedated so that they do not feel the other side effects.
How long does it take for sedation to wear off?
The sedation will gradually wear off during the course of the day after the operation. Patients start to feel better between 6-8 hours after the operation. Most patients are able to return to their normal work and activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
Schedule a Dental Sedation Consultation
Have you been avoiding the dentist due to dental fear? Dr. Kavianpour and our team can work with you to help you feel comfortable and provide you with the treatment you need to improve your smile. If you would like to explore your dental sedation options in Sterling, VA. Visit our team at Brighter Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics. If you would like to learn more, call 571.266.0255 or request an appointment online.