Vienna Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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When it comes to your dental care, you may have more questions than answers, and that's okay!

We expect and welcome questions because we know that informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health. When we know what's on your mind, we can provide the guidance you need to make confident decisions about your oral care. 

We get a lot of questions, and here are a few that we hear most frequently. If you have a question and don't see it answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at (703) 281-7104 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Sedation Dentistry

At Vienna Family Dental, we prioritize helping address your dental anxiety for multiple reasons. First, fear or hesitation towards dental care is common in Vienna, VA. Second, untreated dental anxiety often leads to dental avoidance, which becomes a new cause of dental problems. It’s a vicious cycle where avoiding care results in poor dental health, which may drive further anxiety with painful consequences.

We can help break that cycle and supply you with dental care augmented with multiple sedation options. These treatments can be tailored to your level of anxiety and your need to drive or work immediately after a dental procedure. Our solutions range from mild inhaled sedation from nitrous oxide gas to somewhat stronger options taken orally. For more pronounced cases of dental fear, we also offer IV sedation and even use general anesthesia so that you may sleep through your entire procedure.

Other Tips for Confronting Dental Fear and Anxiety

Whether it’s you or a family member who feels stress around dental visits, our dental team has found several ways you can lessen your fear reaction around dentistry. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Try relaxation practices when anxiety rises, like mindful breathing techniques and visualizations
  • Distract yourself with music you like; we offer noise-canceling headphones to block out stressful stimuli
  • Stay positive, avoid negative language around treatment and reward yourself for following through
  • Find the right dentist – one who communicates well, understands your feelings, and is committed to building a trusting relationship through effective treatments and comfortable care, a dentist like Vienna Family Dental.

To learn more about our dental anxiety solutions, you are always welcome to call our dental office.

We offer many different levels of sedation tailored specifically to our patient's level of anxiety and needs. These range from Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) and Oral conscious sedation (sedative pill under the tongue), all the way to general anesthesia with our board certified, licensed Anesthesiologist, Dr. Teresa Roberts.

We are comfortable and equipped treating children over 4 years of age with sedation dentistry in our office. For these cases, we bring in our Anesthesiologist, Dr. Teresa Roberts.  She has many years of experience training Anesthesiologists at "Children's Hospital" in DC.  She has worked with us in our office for several years now and the only thing better than her level of experience and competence, is her warm, gentle bedside manner. For children under 4 years of age, it is recommended that sedation dentistry be performed in a hospital setting. 

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