Have you ever avoided getting a necessary dental treatment out of fear? Do feelings of anxiety and nervousness start to creep in the moment you think about going to the dentist? Do you arrive at the office with sweating palms and a pounding heart? You are not alone; many people feel anxious and even fearful of going to the dentist, but that should not stop you from getting the treatment you need.
The team at DC Dental Spa understands that visiting the dentist can be a little intimidating or even scary for some patients. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry, a technique that allows you to get the treatment you need without discomfort or anxiety.
We rely on two different types of sedation to relieve your apprehensions and help you feel more comfortable throughout any procedure. Depending on your needs, you may receive inhalation sedation. You may have heard it called “laughing gas” before! This type of sedation is administered through breathing in nitrous oxide, a gas that creates a slightly euphoric feeling that calms your nerves and diminishes pain. While sedated, patients may experience a light tingling sensation or a feeling of warmth. Our Washington D.C. sedation dentists can adjust the depth of the sedation to meet your needs throughout the procedure.
In addition to inhalation sedation, we offer oral sedation to patients suffering from anxiety or fear. Our dentists may prescribe oral anti-anxiety pills to be taken before the dental appointment so patients arrive in a calmer state. Instead of feeling anxious or worried, they can focus on getting the treatments they need to achieve better dental health.
These sedation dentistry options may be right for you if:
- You feel worried or anxious before you even arrive at the dentist’s office.
- You have a specific fear, like one of needles or extractions, that has not been alleviated
through other psychological or pain-management techniques.
- You’d like to feel relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.
- You have experienced panic attacks at dental appointments in the past.
- You have avoided getting the treatment you need due to fear.