Oral Sedation: Taking Fear Out of Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Northern Virginia and Reston

Among the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forgo necessary dental care to avoid a visit to their dentist. If you find yourself feeling panicky at the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method exists. Sedation dentistry is used at our Reston dental facility to alleviate anxiety, so you can face dental appointments with confidence and no apprehension.

What exactly does Sedation Dentistry entail?


We use sedation dentistry, at our Northern Virginia practice, to ease the tension or anxiety a patient may feel whenever he or she is undergoing dental treatment.

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If you fear dental appointments, call Dr Myles to determine if sedation dentistry through oral conscious sedation is available for you based on your medical history and current medications. If you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry by oral sedation at our Northern Virgina office in Reston, Dr. Myles will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.

Your anxiety level will help the dentist determine dosage, which in turn determines your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose sedation dentistry at our  Reston  office, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.

Why choose oral sedation?

In general, patients living in Oakton, Vienna, Northern Virginia choose sedation dentistry if they:

  • experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
  • put off important dental treatment because of fear
  • have a sensitive gag reflex
  • have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
  • cannot rest comfortably in a dentist's exam chair due to neck or back problems

What risks and side effects are associated with oral sedation?

The anti-anxiety medications used to achieve oral sedation have been prescribed and studied for years, so potential side effects are widely documented. These drugs are generally safe for most patients and have a low incidence of side effects, which tend to be minor.

Typically, patients who receive oral sedation experience:

  • Retrograde amnesia, in which they recall little to nothing about the dental procedure
  • Decreased post-operative soreness
  • Dry mouth

So why not wake up to a fabulous new, healthy smile to last for years? You'll be amazed at how simple the entire process can be. To learn more about the cost of sedation and which type is right for you, contact our practice today


Wayne Myles, DDS
Reston Office
11730 Plaza America Dr Ste 110
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 925-0800