Does the mere thought of visiting the dentist make you nervous? If so, you’re not alone. If you are like millions of other Americans who avoid dental treatment out of anxiety, then you should consider sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows you to remain conscious, aware, but relaxed during your dental treatment. Caring cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban offers sedation dentistry so you can get the dental treatments you need with less emotional and physical discomfort.
Most people can benefit from sedation dentistry to overcome dental anxiety and get needed dental care. To learn whether sedation dentistry is right for you, please call 703-323-8200 today for an appointment with Dr. Marzban in Burke, VA.
Comfort, Ease, and Convenience with Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows you to be relaxed and comfortable during your dental appointment. You will be given a prescription medication that you will take before your appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be relaxed and anxiety-free. This not only helps your mental state, it improves the quality of your dental treatment by:
- Allowing more treatment in a single visit
- Allowing faster treatment when you are relaxed
- Controlling gag reflex
- Reducing discomfort during procedure and after
- Reducing back, neck, or jaw pain during or after treatment
People often think they have anxiety because they had and continue to have unpleasant experiences at the dentist. They don’t realize how much their anxiety causes unpleasant experiences at the dentist. Being anxious makes you more aware of objects in your mouth so you’re more likely to gag. It causes a stress response that burns away anesthesia. And it makes you tense muscles in your jaw, neck, and body in response. Then you feel sore afterward because of the tension.
Oral conscious sedation allows you to get better and more extensive treatment in fewer visits with less discomfort and without experienceing dental anxiety.
Break the Cycle of Anxiety
Many people are trapped in the cycle of dental anxiety. Because they fear the dentist, they avoid the dentist. Avoiding the dentist leads to poor oral health that requires significant restorative dentistry. This makes them anxious, so they avoid the dentist even more, and their oral health worsens.
With sedation dentistry, you can overcome anxiety to get preventive dental care. With good preventive care, you will need less restorative dentistry. This makes dental visits shorter and more pleasant. As a result, you will feel less anxiety. Some people find that after using sedation dentistry for a while, they can actually feel comfortable and go to the dentist on their own. Even if anxiety persists, you will have better oral health and can enjoy a higher quality of life.
Dr. Marzban, a Highly Qualified Sedation Dentist
Dr. Marzban uses sedation dentistry because she cares about her patients and wants everyone to have access to the level of dental care necessary to get and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. To ensure you get the best quality sedation care, Dr. Marzban is a DOCS-certified dentist, which means that she has the knowledge to determine the sedation type most likely to give you the results you desire, including those that will avoid any interaction with other medications you are currently taking.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses mild sedatives to help alleviate common fears and anxiety related to dental procedures. Sedation dentistry allows people to overcome dental anxiety and see their dentist for everything from general cleanings to cosmetic procedures.
Can sedation dentistry help me?
Sedation dentistry can help many people who avoid dental appointments or have bad dental experiences. Of course, sedation dentistry helps people who have dental anxiety. But it also helps people who experience unpleasant side effects of anxiety. This includes people who:
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Get sore jaw, neck, or back during or after an appointment
Being more relaxed at the dentist can help you avoid these unpleasant side effects of a dental visit.
Can sedation make my treatment more convenient?
Yes! Sedation dentistry makes it easier to get more done in a single visit. That way, you can get complex reconstructive dentistry or cosmetic dentistry procedures done more efficiently.
What type of sedation do you use?
There are a number of options for sedation dentistry. As a DOCS-certified dentist, Dr. Marzban is able to best determine what type of sedation will be safest and most effective for you. Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Depending on your individual condition, we may recommend a nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation.
Do you offer drug-free alternatives to sedation?
Yes! NuCalm relaxation dentistry can help people achieve a peaceful state at the dentist without the use of drugs. It’s an advanced neuroscience approach to relaxation. It’s patented to control your body’s nervous response. People who try it like it: 95% would do it again, and 98% say they will recommend it to friends and family.
Will I be asleep during my procedure?
Most patients do not fall asleep with conscious sedation. Even though you will not be asleep, this type of sedation can significantly reduce anxiety, allowing Dr. Marzban to perform your procedure with maximum comfort. Most patients report that they do not have any recollection of their procedure after receiving sedation dentistry.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry has been safely used for over 30 years. Dr. Marzban is an experienced sedation dentist who received additional training for this specific procedure. Taking into account your entire medical history and any medication you are currently taking, Dr. Marzban can customize a sedation option that will keep you safe and comfortable.
Who is an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry?
If you suffer any anxiety or fear related to visiting the dentist, you are an ideal candidate for sedation dentistry. Additionally, patients who have a strong gag reflex can benefit from this procedure as it allows you to fully relax and suppresses these types of responses. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry is thorough an individual consultation at our Burke, Virginia, office.
Whether you need a dental crown, root canal, or other extensive treatment or if even tooth whitening is enough to set your anxiety levels sky-high, Dr. Marzban and her caring dental team can help you get the treatment you want in comfort and ease. Read more about Relaxing Into Sedation Dentistry.