One of the challenges of dentistry is helping patients effectively deal with fear and discomfort. Thanks to advances in dental sedation, we are able to keep our patients comfortable and safe during treatments. Knowing this type of sedation is available also helps minimize any stress. Although we don’t use sedation for all treatments, it can be very beneficial when needed. At Mount Vernon Dental Smiles, we offer local anesthesia and oral sedation.
Local anesthesia is used to numb a specific area so that the patient does not feel a dental procedure. This type of anesthesia, which is administered through an injection, is excellent for managing pain and relieving patient concerns about any discomfort. Shortly after the procedure, the patient will regain feeling in the area. Local anesthesia is safe and only affects the treated area.
Given in the form of a pill taken about an hour before treatment, oral sedation allows us to create a comfortable and safe dental experience for our patients who experience fear or anxiety. Sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, this type of sedation allows patients who have previously avoided the dentist to receive care. When using oral sedation, most patients have little-to-no memory of a procedure. Oral Sedation can be used for a variety of treatments including extractions, root canal and periodontal treatments. If you are seeking a safe way to decrease anxiety and feel relaxed with no pain during a procedure, this may be your answer!
The gentle and knowledgeable team at Mount Vernon Dental Smiles is dedicated to your comfort. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call us today at (703) 382-1307 to make an appointment.