Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry

Anesthesia and Sedation in Dentistry

Do you or a loved one experience anxiety when it comes to receiving dental care? Does a member of your family have special needs and require a bit of help relaxing at the dentist? At NOVA Dental Anesthesia of Northern VA, we are proud to offer a variety of sedation dentistry and dental anesthesia options for our patients to ensure that they have a calm, relaxed and enjoyable experience when they visit us. Dental sedation is a technique that can be used to reduce anxiety and pain to allow patients to receive the dental treatment they need. Interested in sedation dentistry at your next appointment with NOVA Dental Anesthesia? Feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to get you on our schedule so you can receive the care you need.

About Sedation Dentistry

When it comes to sedation dentistry, different levels of sedation can be utilized which include:

  • Minimal Sedation
  • Moderate Sedation
  • Deep Sedation
  • General Anesthesia

A number of factors are considered when deciding which type of sedation dentistry is best for your specific needs and treatment, which include:

  • Type of dental treatment being performed
  • Overall health of the patient
  • History of any allergies
  • Any special needs
  • Anxiety/stress level

Various types of medications can be used in sedation dentistry, including:

  • Sedatives (anti-anxiety) – can induce moderate sedation
  • Analgesics (pain relievers) – are used to alleviate pain during and after treatment, can be broken into two groups: narcotics and non-narcotics.
  • Anesthetics – are used in more complex treatments to induce a deep level of sedation, reducing consciousness in order to relieve both pain and anxiety.
  • Antiemetics (anti-nausea) – used to relieve nausea effect of anesthesia
  • Anti-inflammatory – used to reduce swelling associated with dental procedures, as a result, reduces pain

Types of Sedation Dentistry in Northern Virginia

At NOVA Dental Anesthesia, we are proud to offer various options when it comes to sedation and anesthesia, including:

  • Oral Sedation – Taking a pill prior to treatment.
  • Inhalation Sedation – Breathing in a gas or a combination of gases.
  • Intravenous Sedation – Injecting a drug through a vein.

Contact NOVA Dental Anesthesia of Burke, Northern VA today to discuss your needs, and we can help decide if sedation dentistry is right for you or your loved one.

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