Sedation Dentistry

Serving the Vienna, VA community

Millions of people suffer from dental anxiety that prevents them from seeking even the most basic care. Everyone has their reason for their fear; for some, it’s the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office. For others, it may be as simple as a strong gag reflex or as complex as a bad dental experience early in life.

Our dentists know that it doesn't need to be this way. When we provide gentle, compassionate dental care and combine it with effective sedation methods like nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia, we can ensure that your visit with us is one of the most comfortable and stress-free you've ever had.  

Do You Need Extra TLC at your Vienna Dentist?

At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we also offer options for dental sedation for our Vienna, VA patients who find that they need extra assistance feeling comfortable in the dental chair during their procedures.

With three levels of dental sedation available to our patients, there is no reason you shouldn’t feel completely relaxed when you visit our Vienna, VA dental office.

If you have been avoiding dental appointments because of anxiety and have gotten behind in your oral health care, please contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry and all the ways we ensure your comfort.

 

We Offer Gentle, Compassionate Dental Care

Our experienced team takes the time to listen to your concerns so we can understand what you need to have a stress-free experience with us. You would be surprised how much better you will feel by just talking to us about your fears!

You will be surrounded by attentive and caring professionals who respond to your needs. We offer calming amenities like TVs, blankets, and pillows. Our noise-canceling headphones allow you to drift off peacefully while we work to improve your oral health.

Our compassionate dental team would love to show you the positive effect that attentiveness and concern for your well-being can have on your anxiety. Please call our Vienna VA dental office to schedule an appointment.

Comfortable Dental Injections

A common concern that many anxious patients share is the fear of injections.  Dr. Rudulph, Dr. Paino, and Dr. Muchachoir have decades of experience in providing our patients with gentle, pain-free injections, and many of them report that it was the most comfortable injection they ever had. Besides a soft touch, our team relies on only the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you are completely numb and comfortable before moving forward with any dental procedure.

Advanced technology has also provided your Vienna, VA dentist with several tools that make even getting the dreaded shot pain-free. There are instruments that our dentists use to distract the brain from focusing on the discomfort of getting a shot with gentle vibrations.

Options for Sedation Dentistry in Vienna, VA

Dental anxiety manifests for numerous reasons and in all sorts of ways. For some, it’s a twinge of nervousness when they pick up the phone to schedule an appointment. Others may be apprehensive enough that they wait for months to see a dentist. But those with deep levels of anxiety may avoid dentistry altogether, putting their oral health at risk in the process.

Your comfort is our top priority at your Vienna, VA dental office. We encourage you to discuss your concerns or fears with our dentists so we can tailor your experience at our dental practice, so that is exactly what you need to feel safe and comfortable.

We offer several sedation dentistry options at our Vienna, VA dental office to meet your unique needs. Because our sedation options reduce your stress level, you will feel confident about seeking care, knowing that your dentist is aware of your fear and offers the solutions to help you conquer it. Rest assured that our doctors and professional team are qualified and trained in the use of these methods to ensure your complete safety.

Nitrous Oxide or "Laughing Gas"

We are pleased to offer sedation with nitrous oxide, a gas that’s mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a comfortable nasal mask. Also referred to as inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is the mildest form of dental sedation we offer for our Vienna, VA patients.

Nitrous is delivered as a breathable gas and is administered comfortably through a nasal mask and works quickly to help you feel at ease. As you breathe normally, you’ll start to feel very calm and relaxed, and you'll feel a great sense of well-being.

During your procedure, you’ll be aware of the activity around you, but it will fade into the background. Nitrous oxide does not “knock you out,” so you and your team can communicate, but you will remember very little of your procedure afterward.

As soon as we stop the flow of gas, nitrous oxide leaves your system quickly with no drowsy side effects. Nitrous oxide sedation at our Vienna, VA dental office is perfect for anyone who needs help to relax, and you’ll appreciate that you will be able to resume your usual daily activities immediately after you leave our office.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is another option to consider if your anxiety is more intense. Our dentists will prescribe a calming medication for you to take about an hour before your appointment. You will arrive at our office feeling very calm and relaxed; some people even drift off during their procedure.

However, unlike nitrous oxide, oral sedation stays in your system for several hours. We require you to have a driver to get you home safely and recommend that you plan to take it easy for the remainder of your day.

IV or Intravenous Sedation

If you prefer deep sedation or we have you scheduled for multiple dental procedures in one visit, we might recommend IV sedation. IV or intravenous sedation is the deepest level of dental sedation we offer. Since the sedative is injected directly into your bloodstream, the effects are immediate. You won’t be “knocked-out,” but you will be semi-conscious and able to respond to your dental team. We monitor your heart rate and vital signs while you receive your dental treatment to ensure your comfort and safety at all times.

General Anesthesia Assisted Dentistry

Many patients can benefit from the effects of general anesthesia assisted dentistry in Vienna, VA. While it’s not right for everyone, general anesthesia is beneficial if you are having extensive dental work done, or you’ve tried other sedation methods but found they weren’t sufficient to conquer your fear. With general anesthesia, you will “go to sleep” for the duration of your procedure.

If you like the idea of general anesthesia but don’t want to go to the hospital, we bring this deep form of sedation right to our doorstep. We have partnered with a group of board-certified anesthesiologists who visit our Vienna, VA dental office to put our patients under the necessary level of anesthesia, including IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Since a trained and experienced anesthesiologist monitors general anesthesia, we can safely and comfortably treat children, patients with special needs, and those who are medically compromised.