Sedation dentistry is the branch of dentistry that involves the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental treatment. While most dental procedures do not require the patient to be under the influence of sedatives, some dental procedures or certain patients might require it.
Sedatives or dental anesthesia can help those with anxiety about the dentist to receive the dental treatments they need. Once you have experienced sedation dentistry, you’ll never be afraid of going to the dentist again. With conscious sedation, you are sedated enough to be unaware of the dental treatment. You will wake up refreshed with no memory of the procedure that was performed.
All sedated individuals are required to be accompanied by a member of their family or friends as the effect of sedatives usually lasts for around six hours and in certain cases for a couple of hours more. During this entire period the patient should be under the constant watch of someone to avoid any untoward incident that might occur during unconsciousness.
Our oral surgeons perform sedation dentistry procedures at our dental office in Reston, Virginia. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at 703-390-9191.