Sedation Dentistry in Columbia Heights
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for both young children and full-grown adults, especially if the reason for the visit is a big procedure like getting a filling or an implant. Sometimes, even the thought of a simple tooth cleaning is enough to make people want to run and hide. You may be afraid that your cleaning or procedure will hurt, or you may simply be nervous about having a stranger’s fingers and instruments poking around in your mouth.
CNS Dental’s non-IV sedation dentistry services may be able to give you not only a pain-free dentist visit, but a stress-free one as well. We offer non-IV sedation solutions for patients who get nervous around needles. By combining oral sedatives and nitrous oxide, we’re able to put you at ease for the duration of your visit to our office, eliminating as much pain and discomfort as possible. Depending on your procedure and your level of anxiety, we will supply you the right type and amount of sedative to help you feel comfortable.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who…
- Suffer severe anxiety during dental visits: Non-IV sedation, usually inhaled as nitrous oxide or taken orally as a pill, relaxes the entire body and helps you feel lighter and less anxious. For some patients, sedation can even make the cleaning or procedure seem like it flies by, so you’ll be out of the dentist chair before you know it.
- Have a sensitive gag reflex: Most dental procedures don’t need to get too close to the back of your throat, but some patients who have an extra-sensitive gag reflex may find the task of having many fingers and instruments in their mouth very uncomfortable. Sedation relaxes your gag reflex, which gives you much more comfortable during the procedure and gives the dentist more room to work within your mouth.
- Have neck, back, or shoulder pain: For some patients, lying back and having their neck craned for however long the dental procedure takes is very uncomfortable, especially if they’re prone to pain in that area. Sedation dentistry can help ease your neck, back, or shoulder pain so that you can easily sit in the dentist’s chair during the entire procedure without discomfort.
- Need a time-consuming procedure: Some dental procedures that usually will take many appointments to complete can be completed in less sessions or even one single day with the use of sedation, since the patient will feel no pain and will be less anxious while in the chair for an extended period of time. This saves you time and the anxiety of returning to complete the procedure.
If you’re using sedation dentistry for a procedure like a root canal or extraction, please view our post-operation instructions before making your appointment so you can know what to expect in the days following your operation and plan accordingly.
Love Your Smile with CNS Dental!
At CNS Dental, we believe going to the dentist should be as comfortable as possible. In our office, we offer a relaxing setting while using state-of-the-art technology to ensure accuracy and a quick turnaround for data and results. Dr. Cara Schantz and the rest of her staff are all experienced, professional, and compassionate. We treat each patient like family and are dedicated to helping you love your smile.
Don’t let your fear of going to the dentist to stop you from having a gorgeous smile. Contact CNS Dental today at (703) 304-3881 to learn more about how we can help you relax with sedation dentistry.
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Our office hours are as follows:
Monday: 10:30 AM – 7 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 7 AM – 2 PM
Open one Saturday a month: 7 AM – 1 PM