If you often feel anxious or apprehensive about visiting the dentist, innovations in sedation dentistry can help you look forward to relaxing, stress-free dental visits. At MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, Virginia, Dr. Malcolm Murray offers sedation dentistry to provide patients with the dental care they need without fear or discomfort. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Murray understands many patients delay or even cancel dental visits because of anxiety; some can’t tolerate the sounds, smell, or the environment in the dentist office. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Murray can provide sedation alongside treatment to help patients feel calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.
If you feel fearful or anxious about visiting the dentist, sedation dentistry might be right for you. Good candidates for sedation include those who:
Dr. Murray offers two types of sedation: nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Both methods provide several benefits to patients who have a difficult time relaxing.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a popular option for many patients who struggle with mild to moderate anxiety or fear. Dr. Murray administers the gas through a nasal mask, and patients feel relaxed almost immediately. Nitrous oxide wears off fairly quickly, so patients can get back to their routine right away.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking anti-anxiety medication before arrival. Patients who tend to be severely anxious find this method to be most useful for keeping them calm, comfortable, and relaxed throughout the appointment. The effects last for several hours so you will need someone to drive you to and from the office.
Sedation dentistry helps patients manage anxiety and fear associated with dental visits. Benefits include:
To learn more about sedation dentistry and find out if it’s a good option for you, call MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online today.