Does the thought of a visit to the dentist make you feel anxious or even downright fearful? Would you rather just live with the pain and discomfort your teeth are causing than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone. Almost 40 million Americans avoid seeing a dentist because of dental anxiety.
There is a way to have the dental care you need while feeling perfectly relaxed and comfortable – sedation dentistry!
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during your procedure. You’ll sometimes hear it referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but that description isn’t accurate.
The three levels of sedation
We have three levels of sedation that allow us to customize your sedation dentistry experience to your particular needs.
Inhalation sedation – During your treatment, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is inhaled through a breathing mask, leaving you awake but completely relaxed. This is the perfect solution for people who experience some anxiety during a dental visit but need only a light level of sedation.
Oral sedation – Medication in pill form is taken before your visit that offers different levels of relaxation – from minimal to moderate – depending on the dosage. Oral sedation is a good option for those who require multiple treatments during a single visit and may need a deeper and longer level of sedation.
IV sedation – Administered by controlled IV, this fast-acting sedation will keep you comfortably asleep during your visit.For those with profound dental anxiety or who need extensive dentistry, this is the perfect option.
Benefits of sedation dentistry with Dr. McMillan
- Comfort –
- Saves time –
- Certified sedation dentist – Dr. McMillan is certified to administer IV sedation. This lets him be more flexible in managing patient care during treatment, instantly adjusting to any circumstances that may arise during treatment.
- Total anesthesia provider –
Daniel suffered from dental anxiety. How did sedation dentistry help him? Hear his story in this short video clip.
We can help!
At McMillan Sedation Dentistry, we are experts at overcoming dental anxiety. Our advanced sedation dentistry options and, most of all, our 16+ years of experience in helping patients overcome dental fear make us uniquely qualified to help you!
Call us today at (703) 503-9490 for an appointment and let us show you how relaxed anxiety-free dentistry feels!