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Sedation Dentistry Virginia Beach

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Most dentists extend sedation options to patients undergoing invasive procedures such as tooth extractions and other types of oral surgeries. At Mill Dam Dental Care, we are certified to offer sedation options for all types of procedures, including routine dental cleanings. This is particularly helpful to those who suffer from any level of anxiety, oral sensitivities, or physical or mental conditions that make visits to the dentist more challenging.

We offer a variety of sedation solutions to help you feel more comfortable during your visit. From being fully asleep to relaxed but conscious – consult with us, and together we can determine what type of sedation is best for you or your loved one.

Sedation Dentistry Options

We offer three different types of sedation, so you can choose the option that works best for you depending on your comfort level and desired experience. The options we currently offer are oral conscious sedationIV sedation, and inhaled nitrous oxide sedation. Continue reading to learn more about each sedated dental option.

Choosing one of these options can make your procedure more comfortable and allow our team to work more efficiently during your visit, which reduces the amount of time spent in the office. We try to make your visit as comfortable as possible by allowing blankets, pillows, music, and more.

Am I A Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Do you get anxious when you visit the dentist? Would you rather not be awake during a dental procedure? If this is the case, a sedation dentist might be the right choice for you. There are many reasons why patients prefer to be sedated during these procedures. It’s very common to feel anxious during a dental procedure, and sedation can help alleviate this. Other reasons include a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth, or a strong gag reflex. If you need a lot of work done in one visit, keeping you sedated can actually help us work more efficiently while also helping you stay comfortable.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral sedation is a cost-effective alternative to IV sedation, and it’s a great option for patients who struggle with anxiety. Thirty minutes before the procedure, we provide a sedative called Halcion in the form of a tablet or liquid for the patient. This medication helps you feel relaxed and drowsy, but it will not completely put you to sleep. You will still be able to respond and comprehend what is going on, but you will likely feel much less anxious. However, we still require that someone else drives you to the appointment for safety reasons. 

What Is IV Sedation?

With this type of sedation, you will receive a sedative through an IV that will begin to work in just a few minutes. This sedative will put you to sleep entirely, so you will be completely relaxed through the entire appointment. Procedures where IV sedation may be applicable include cleanings, periodontal treatments, fillings, crowns, root canals, bridges, and extractions. 

This type of sedation is a good option for those who want complete control over their level of consciousness, or those who do not respond well to other types of sedation. IV sedation puts the patient in a different state of awareness, so it is very important to have someone pick you up from the procedure. You should not drive for 24 hours after receiving IV sedation. 

What Is Inhaled Minimal Sedation?

Inhaled minimal sedation is a great option for people with mild-to-moderate levels of anxiety. We use a mask that administers nitrous oxide, which makes you feel very relaxed even though you are awake. Nitrous oxide has been used in dental care for many years and has been shown to greatly reduce stress.

At our office, we are very serious about following the regulations set forth by the state of Virginia about the use of nitrous oxide. The effects of nitrous oxide are minimal and wear off almost immediately after the mask has been removed. A lot of patients prefer this option because they are able to drive themselves home after the procedure. 

How to Deal With Dental Anxiety

Does your blood pressure rise at just the thought of being at the dentist? Maybe your mouth is sensitive, or local anesthetics don’t work for you? You’re not alone. For many people, a trip to the dental office can be extremely stress-inducing. Maybe it’s the sound of the instruments, a memory of an unpleasant past procedure, or just the fear of the unknown. If you’re feeling stressed about going to the dentist, sedation is an excellent solution. You can get the care you need while knowing that you’ll be relaxed or even sleeping through the procedure. 

Do I Qualify for Dental Sedation?

As previously mentioned, we offer several different types of sedation, and we want to make sure that we choose the best option for your needs. We take a look at many different factors to determine whether a patient should be sedated or not. Sedation is often the right choice for those who struggle with dental phobias or who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past. Other patients that may benefit are people with conditions that react negatively to stress, such as asthma or epilepsy, or those who are on the autism spectrum. You also may qualify if you get fatigued after having your mouth open for extended periods of time, or if you have a strong gag reflex. 

The Good News for Dental Patients

Mill Dam Dental has various options to help you with your dental stress and anxiety. Regardless of your reasons for needing or wanting to be sedated, there are paths to a more comfortable and relaxed appointment. Many people put off dental appointments because they are struggling with stress or anxiety, but this can have negative consequences for your health in the long term. Talk to us today to learn more about your sedation care options. 


Mill Dam Dental Care – Sedation Dental Experts in Virginia Beach

At Mill Dam Dental Care, we pride ourselves on offering both high-quality dental care and a comfortable experience. We understand that getting dental care can be a bit stressful, which is why we’ve become the leading provider of sedation dental procedures in Virginia Beach.

Dr. Leidy has always been passionate about sedation practices and has completed elective training in various types of sedation throughout his career. This training courses with some of the country’s leading authorities on sedation dental care at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California.

When Dr. Leidy opened Mill Dam Dental Care, he was committed to offering multiple types of sedation to suit patients’ individual needs. As a result, our entire team is trained for sedation procedures and will keep your comfort in mind throughout the entire appointment. 

By offering sedation, we can help our patients overcome their fear of the dentist. We want to eliminate any barrier to getting the oral care you need to live a healthy and happy life. Using sedation helps us give our patients the highest quality care possible. It also makes dental care more accessible to people with special needs. 

Many other offices will only offer sedation for invasive procedures, but we offer it for routine appointments as well. If you’re looking for the best Virginia Beach sedation dentistry, give us a call today to schedule your next appointment. 


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