Relax and Get The Dental Care You Need

Dental fear/anxiety affects an estimated 36 percent of the population worldwide and can be so severe that it can make a routine dental exam a frightening ordeal.

At JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center, we want all of our patients to feel safe and comfortable and have the confidence to see us as needed, which is why we offer dental sedation. To help ensure you can get the care you need without fear, our Sterling, VA dentists will determine if sedation is ideal for you and help make your appointments more relaxing. 


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps ensure pain relief and relaxation during a dental procedure. Keeping patients relaxed during their procedure can help them deal with dental fear so they can get the care they need. The most common types of sedation dentistry include nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation, and oral conscious sedation.


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide comes in the form of a colorless, odorless gas inhaled through a mask or nosepiece. 

As the nickname implies, laughing gas produces feelings of slight giddiness or euphoria. Its effects wear off just as quickly as they set in once the gas has stopped. You’ll be able to drive yourself home as needed and you can even return to your day-to-day life as soon as you leave our office. 


Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Intravenous sedation involves delivering the sedative through injection. Because the sedative is injected directly into your veins, the effects are felt in minutes. Unlike nitrous oxide, IV sedation lasts at least six hours after the sedative has been cut off, and patients may need as much as 24 hours to fully recover. You’ll need to secure reliable transportation to and from your appointment beforehand. 


Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation involves taking your sedative in the form of a prescribed pill. Once you arrive at our Sterling dental office, you should be relaxed and ready to proceed. 

Oral conscious sedation can last two to eight hours after you take your dosage, although you may be feeling side effects for up to 24 hours. As with IV sedation, you’ll need to secure transportation with a reliable adult beforehand and may want to schedule time off for the next day so you can fully recover.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry Services

  • Relaxation – Sedation dentistry relaxes patients, combatting feelings of fear and anxiety.
  • Makes Long Appointments Faster – Because you’ll be less aware or even asleep, your appointments will go by much faster, which is especially helpful for longer appointments. 
  • Increases Resistance to Pain and Discomfort –  Substances used for sedation often have pain-eliminating properties to help keep patients even more comfortable during dental procedures.
  • Conscious Sedation – Dental sedation won’t put you to sleep or make it impossible to wake up during your procedure. This means we can ask you questions as needed and intervene more swiftly in the case of complications.  


What To Expect From Sedation Dentistry


Before Your Visit

  1. You’ll usually need to avoid eating or drinking anything for a certain amount of time before your sedation appointment to reduce the risk of choking and vomiting. 
  2. To ensure your safety and comfort, wear loose clothing and short sleeves. Remove any nail polish, contact lenses, and jewelry. Taking these steps will help your dentist and our dental team more easily place monitoring equipment, keep track of your vitals, and ensure you aren’t injured during your procedure.
  3. Please remember that for any sedative besides nitrous oxide, you’ll need a ride to and from your appointment.


During Your Visit

  1. During your visit, we’ll ask you questions to make sure you’re ready for sedation. 
  2. We’ll also take your blood pressure and your other vitals to make sure you can be safely sedated. 
  3. During this time your sleep dentist and our team can answer any remaining questions you may have before we begin your procedure. 


After Your Visit

  1. After your procedure, we’ll check on your vitals and make sure you can safely leave our office. 
  2. Once you’re cleared, we’ll give you specific aftercare instructions based on the details of your procedure and your sedation choice.        


Frequently Asked Questions


How much do sedation dentistry services cost?

The cost of your sedation dentistry service will depend on multiple factors including which sedative you receive, how long your procedure is, and your insurance coverage. Contact your insurance provider beforehand to confirm with them which costs your plan may cover. Talking to your dentist about financing options may help alleviate some of the financial burdens. 

Are sedation dentistry services safe?

Sedation dentistry is a professional treatment that is safe for most patients. Your dentist will check your medical history, including medication use and family history of reactions to sedation. This information is usually gathered during your initial consultation to determine if sedation is a good option for you and which sedation method will be both safe and effective for you.

What are the side effects of sedation dentistry?

Side effects of sedation vary from patient to patient based on numerous factors, including what type of sedation they underwent and their unique physiology. Some common side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Grogginess
  • Confusion
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness

Effects usually pass within a few days, but if you find that your side effects are persisting or intolerable, contact your dentist as soon as possible. 

How long does sedation last?

The amount of time your sedative will last will depend on multiple factors, including the type of sedation you undergo, the length of your procedure, your unique physiology, etc. Additionally, the time it will take for any side effects to wear off can vary from patient to patient. Your dentist will give you a more accurate timeframe during your initial consultation. 


Visit Our Sterling Dental Office For Sedation Dentistry Services

Don’t let fear or anxiety stop you from taking care of your smile. Take advantage of our possible sedation methods. JB Dental offers sedation dentistry services to patients from Sterling and surrounding areas such as Arlington, Fairfax, and Rockville, VA.

Contact our Sterling dental office by dialing 703-444-4188. You can also request an appointment online by submitting a contact form, and a friendly team member will return your message shortly.