Adult Sedation Dentistry

Adult Sedation Dentistry

Were you aware that dental anxiety and phobias are actually extremely common among adults? In fact, it is believed about 15% of American adults neglect professional dental care due to their phobia of the dental chair. At NOVA Dental Anesthesia of Northern Virginia, we understand how scary dental anxiety can be and are proud to offer a range of sedation dentistry options for adults at our practice. Whether you suffer from minor anxiety or an extreme phobia, our sedation dentist has the right treatment option to ensure you have a relaxing, calm and pleasant experience during your treatment.

Types of Sedation Dentistry in Northern VA

At NOVA Dental Anesthesia in Burke, Northern VA we understand that dental anxiety can range from minor to extremely severe and offer various treatment options for any level of anxiety.

  • Laughing Gas Sedation may be recommended in the event you suffer from minor dental anxiety or have an overactive gag reflex. Laughing gas provides a minor feeling of euphoria and quickly wears off following treatment.
  • Oral Sedation may be a better option if the patient has more moderate dental anxiety and topical numbing agents won’t work. Following treatment, a ride is required to get you home safely. We also recommend resting for the rest of the day.
  • IV Sedation may be required if the patient suffers from severe dental phobias or anxiety. IV sedation is administered when the patient arrives and requires close monitoring. A ride will be required following treatment and rest is recommended for the rest of the day.
  • General Anesthesia is more of a last resort option. Contact NOVA Dental Anesthesia in Northern Virginia to discuss your dental phobia and whether general anesthesia may be required.

Sedation Dentistry Safety

When it comes to sedation dentistry, safety is highly important. Standard monitoring during anesthesia according to the ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) includes:

  • Pulse Oximetry
  • EKG
  • Blood Pressure
  • Temperature
  • End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide
  • Inspired Oxygen Concentration

In addition to the recommended standard ASA monitoring requirement, we, at NOVA Dental Anesthesia in Burke, Northern VA use the BIS monitor (brain signal monitor) to precisely adjust the desired level of sedation. The BIS monitor allows us to safely and efficiently sedate patients using a minimal amount of medications and to achieve faster emergence (transition from the sleep state to full consciousness) with lesser side effects.

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