If you are dealing with dental fear or anxiety, it may prevent you from receiving the dental care you need. Avoiding the dentist may result in serious oral health concerns that may affect the health, appearance, and function of your smile.
Fear of the dentist is a common dental concern that patients of all ages deal with. Visiting a highly trained and compassionate dentist can help alleviate some of the anxiety or fear a patient may feel about visiting the dentist. Dr. Deckard and our team take the time to educate you on all aspects of your oral health and what to expect during any recommended treatment. For some, patient education can reduce feelings of stress and uneasiness.
Dr. Justin Deckard understands that patients who experience dental fear and anxiety have a difficult time visiting the dentist. At DC Precision Dentistry we offer friendly, compassionate service for patients dealing with dental fear and anxiety. We provide a welcoming, open space where patients can feel comfortable receiving the dental care they need. If you are embarrassed by the state of your oral health, don’t worry; we consider our DC dental office a no-judgment zone.
Patients with dental fear may benefit from sedation dentistry. We offer a complete range of sedation dentistry options to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their visit.
Dental Sedation in Washington, DC
The safety and comfort of our patients are important to our team at DC Precision Dentistry. Dr. Deckard will assess a patients’ medical history, analyze the condition of their dental health, and evaluate their overall health before choosing the appropriate sedation method for their needs. Any patient under sedation is closely monitored throughout their procedure.
Sedation Dentistry Options:
- Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as laughing gas, is administered through a nasal mask. The effects of nitrous oxide take effect immediately after the gas is administered. Patients will feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their procedure. Patients will be able to communicate with their dentist as needed. Once the mask is removed, the effects of nitrous oxide diminish.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Your dentist may prescribe an oral sedative that can help the patient feel relaxed during their appointment. Oral conscious sedation allows the patient to remain alert and responsive while helping them manage their dental anxiety. Patients will need an escort to and from the office.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe for all ages?
Yes, oral conscious sedation options are safe for all ages when administered by our dental professionals. Our team has gone through rigorous training and certifications in order to safely and effectively administer sedation options. Do not consider dental sedation if you think you might react differently, or if your doctor advisees against it.
Does dental sedation put you in a deep sleep?
No. The dental sedation options we provide are not meant to put you to sleep. You will be awake, but in an altered state of euphoria and numbness. The chemicals interact with your brain to subconsciously put you at ease. It wears off within a day and should not cause issues after treatment.
Is dental sedation the solution to my dental anxiety?
No. Dental sedation is a great way to help anxious patients relieve their anxieties at the dentist, but it is not the solution to all of your anxiety problems. It should not be abused, only considered a step in making yourself feel more at ease at dental visits.