April 11, 2018
Whether you have dental phobia, need advanced dentistry services, or struggle with sensitive teeth, gums, and/or gag reflex, you may want to explore your dental sedation options. Many patients worry about the added cost of using sedation dentistry, but most dental practices provide affordable options to ensure you are completely comfortable, during even the most advanced dentistry treatments. Many dentistry offices offer several dental sedation options at various of price points to keep patients comfortable without blowing their budgets.
July 13, 2017
Finding a cosmetic dentist is a little different than finding a general dentist. You’ll need to consider a special set of skills that make specific dentists better suited to creating cosmetic dentistry plans. Before you choose a dentist to transform your smile, read this blog to find out what makes a dentist qualified to provide flawless cosmetic dental care.
March 17, 2016
Have you heard about sedation dentistry? If not, it’s time you learned about the option that helps people suffering from dental fear or anxiety receive the comfortable care they need. Dr. Wayne Myles is proud to be the top sedation dentist in Northern Virginia. Keep reading to learn more about how you can receive relaxing dental treatment with oral sedation at Smiles by Myles!
September 1, 2015
Millions of patients every year report skipping or avoiding dentist visits due to dental anxiety or phobia. This is among the most common fears in the US, and luckily, Dr. Wayne Myles and the outstanding Smiles by Myles dentistry team are here to help you learn to love vising the dentist. Our staff is dedicated to providing dental care in an environment free from discomfort and fear. We offer the latest in dental technology and techniques so patients experience the most comfortable, effective treatments, and work to ensure patient comfort from the moment they enter our dental practice. The Smiles by Myles team knows that not every patient is able to overcome dental anxiety even with our helpful staff and relaxing environment. That’s why we offer oral conscious sedation to help patients with the most severe dental anxiety relax, and receive the dental treatment they need. Call to find out more about sedation dentistry Northern Virginia residents trust, or to schedule an appointment at our convenient Reston, VA dental practice today.
October 5, 2014
A fear of the dentist is something that often develops in childhood and continues to persist into adulthood. While Dr. Wayne Myles and his staff make it a priority to put patient comfort first in all dental procedures, from basic dental exams to more extensive restorative treatment, some patients just cannot relax at the dentist. In fact, the fear and anxiety associated with dental care is so severe for some that they neglect to receive the professional care that they need and deserve. To address this dental anxiety, Dr. Myles offers sedation dentistry, a safe and effective treatment that creates a relaxed, comfortable feeling for patients while they undergo dental care. For our Reston patients, this dental anxiety treatment gives many patients the mindset they need to reap the beneficial rewards of professional dental care.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Before offering sedation dentistry, Dr. Myles will discuss with each patient their medical history and the use of any prescription or over-the-counter medication. The form of sedation dentistry used by Dr. Myles, oral conscious sedation, is very safe and has little side effects, so most patients are ideal candidates for this treatment. Those who may benefit from the use of sedation dentistry include patients with the following concerns:
- High stress, anxiety, or fear associated with the dentist
- High sensitivity to pain and/or a low response to anesthetic
- Severe gag reflex
- Physical problems that make it difficult to get comfortable in a dental chair
Sedation Dentistry Treatment
Oral conscious sedation is the least invasive form of sedation dentistry, which is ideal for patients who already have anxiety regarding dental care. With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Myles can help patients feel relaxed and secure without the use of a needle or face mask. Patients simply take the prescribed amount of an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug. The medication that is chosen and the amount prescribed will be determined by Dr. Myles after considering the degree of anxiety that is experienced by each patient. This medication is taken at home so that the effects have already begun by the time the patient arrives at our office, creating a truly comfortable dental experience from start to finish.
It is important to note that, because the medication will be taken at home, patients will need to secure a ride both to and from their dental appointment and should have a companion with them until the sedative has worn off. The amount of sedation experienced will differ for each patient. Some remain awake and alert but feel no apprehension or fear, while others drift off to sleep during treatment and have little memory of the experience afterwards. No matter how alert the patient is, we are very careful to keep track of vital signs throughout treatment to ensure the safety of our patients.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Wayne Myles understands that dental anxiety is a real and valid concern for many patients. Still, he does not want to see patients suffer through painful and risky oral health complications because their fear prevents them from receiving necessary dental treatment. Sedation dentistry may be the ideal solution for these patients. If the thought of dental treatment sets your stomach in knots, schedule an appointment to learn more about sedation dentistry. We look forward to hearing from you!
March 13, 2013
Reston, Northern Virginia – Cosmetic dentist Wayne Myles has announced the completion of a successful sedation dentistry and full mouth reconstruction case for a patient who had gone 10 years without visiting the dentist.
Dr. Wayne Myles and his staff recently received a glowing review from a patient who comfortably underwent a series of dental treatments to restore the health of her mouth, after neglecting dental care for more than 10 years. After this extended period without any dental care, this patient found it difficult to eat and sleep as a result of tooth pain; she was also embarrassed about the appearance of her smile. After making the call to his Northern Virginia cosmetic dentistry practice, Smiles by Myles, this patient was pleasantly surprised to receive a response that was both compassionate and understanding. Instead of the reprimand and judgment that she expected,this patient describes the care she received as being,
“So compassionate and understanding that I could actually feel my racing heart slow down.”
This combination of professionalism and friendliness, combined with the use of sedation dentistry, made it possible for this patient to receive the dental care she needed to improve her oral health and get her life back on track. Her experience with us was far more pleasant than she expected.
“Dr. Myles has been, quite simply, a joy. He is smart, funny, and totally dedicated to being the best in his field…. He made my physical comfort a top priority and thoroughly explained each procedure to maximize my mental well being as well. My anxiety was reduced to (almost) zero throughout the course of an extended dental process because I trusted this team on every level and knew exactly what to expect each step of the way.”
Dr. Myles was able to further alleviate this patient's fears with the use of sedation dentistry. At his Northern Virginia office in Reston, Dr. Myles will prescribe or administer the appropriate dosage of an anti-anxiety or sedation drug to put patients at ease for their dental appointments. These medications are taken at a pre-determined time before the dental appointment begins so patients feel relaxed before and during their appointments. With sedation dentistry, patients are able to reach a state of comfort and relaxation that lasts throughout the dental appointment. Some patients are even able to sleep during their dental treatments. Sedation dentistry may be a good option for patients who have experienced any of the following:
- Fear or anxiety regarding the dentist
- Neglected oral health care as a result of this fear
- Severe gag reflex
- Difficulty responding to local anesthetic
Depending on the severity of these symptoms, Dr. Myles can use sedation dentistry for general dentistry such as basic dental exams and cleanings, or for restorative dentistry procedures such as fillings, dental crowns, and dental bridges.
For the most recent case, the sedation dentistry experience was a complete success.
“I was respected and treated to what I believe is the best care in the area. Did I mention I never experienced any pain? Or had to wait? Unbelievable.”
Dr. Wayne Myles practice, Smiles by Myles, is located at:
11730 Plaza America Dr. #110
Reston, VA 20190
Those interested in learning more about sedation dentistry can contact Dr. Myles practice through his website, or by calling (703) 925-0800.
January 21, 2013
For some, dental anxiety is so severe they would rather live with the pain of dental problems than visit a dentist. If you are someone who feels stress or panic at the mere thought of seeing the dentist, you may suffer from dental anxiety. You don't have to let dental anxiety stop you from taking care of your oral health. With oral sedation dentistry, you can feel calm and relaxed during your next dental visit. Reston cosmetic dentist Wayne Myles offers stress-free dental visits with oral sedation. Read on to learn who are candidates for oral sedation dentistry and how it may help you.
Am I a Candidate for Oral Sedation Dentistry?
Typical candidates for oral sedation dentistry range from those with mild to severe dental anxiety. If you suffer from one or more of these common symptoms of dental anxiety, you may be a candidate for oral sedation:
- Fear of the dentist: Avoiding the dentist due to fear is one of the most common reasons for dental anxiety. This fear may be from fear of pain, fear of embarrassment, or fear caused by a past traumatic dental visit.
- Difficulty sleeping prior to dental visits: Some patients with dental anxiety have difficulty sleeping in the days leading up to their dental visits.
- Increasingly anxious before a dentist appointment: Another possible symptom of dental anxiety is a feeling of anxiousness or stress (which may be recognized by sweaty palms and a racing heart). Some feel anxious in the days leading up to their appointment, while others may only feel anxious only when at the dentist's office.
- Feelings of panic: Feelings of panic, which can lead to shortness of breath or hyperventilating, are a sign of dental anxiety.
Though oral sedation dentistry is very useful for dental anxiety suffers, candidates may also include:
- Those with a sensitive gag reflex.
- Those who are prone to fidgeting or unable to sit comfortably in a dental chair (possibly due to muscle or joint pain).
- Those who have difficulty feeling numb with traditional dentistry methods.
Oral Sedation Can Help
If any of the symptoms of dental anxiety describe how you feel about the dentist, oral sedation may help. Oral sedation is a medication administered in a pill form to help patients feel relaxed and calm. The level of sedation received with oral sedation can be individualized for your own appropriate level. The dosage can be minimal so you feel serene or can be increased to a level where you may actually fall asleep. Once treatment is complete, the sedative is allowed to wear off naturally.
Before treatment with oral sedation, patients must undergo a consultation to determine if they are proper candidates. A complete list of medications and medical history must be considered to help ensure the safety of oral sedation treatment. That being said, oral sedation medications are generally considered safe with low risk of minor side effects. Possible side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Little or no memory of the dental procedure
- Light headedness
Schedule Your Consultation Today.
For our patients in Reston, sedation dentistry offers a stress-free dental experience. We welcome you to schedule an appointmentwith Dr. Myles to determine if you are a candidate for oral sedation dentistry.
January 14, 2013
At our Reston cosmetic dentistry practice, Smiles by Myles, we are no strangers to dental anxiety. Indeed, many of our patients have experienced some degree of dental anxiety at some point in their lives. While our compassionate staff strives to make every patient feel welcome, calm, and relaxed, we do understand that some patients experience anxiety just at the thought of undergoing dental care of any type. For some patients, the stress and anxiety that just thinking about going to the dentist causes is enough to make them delay care until the pain can no longer be ignored.
Unfortunately, putting off routine dental care, such as professional dental cleanings and examinations, can lead to major damage to the teeth and gums. When caught early enough, many dental problems can be addressed before they cause irreversible damage. If you are putting off dental care that you desperately need, you may benefit from sedation dentistry. For our patients suffering from dental anxiety in Reston, sedation dentistry can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and fear before, during, and after dental treatment.
Is Oral Sedation Dentistry for Me?
Most patients are good candidate for oral sedation. Indeed, if you are experiencing anxiety or fear at the thought of undergoing dental treatment, there is a very good chance that you will be an ideal candidate for oral sedation dentistry. For our patients in Reston, oral sedation can make the process of undergoing multiple dental treatments within one dental visit relatively easy, painless, and comfortable. Patients who find undergoing dental treatment difficult because of involuntary body movements, a sensitive gag reflex, past traumatic dental experiences, a fear of needles, dental anxiety and fear, or who simply desire to undergo multiple treatments in a short span of time can benefit from oral sedation dentistry. To learn whether you are a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry, please schedule a personal consultation at Smiles by Myles today.
Oral Sedation Dentistry Benefits and Risks
A benefit of oral sedation dentistry is that patients are able to follow commands and answer questions while undergoing treatment. While patients are conscious enough to answer questions during treatment, they will remain comfortable, relaxed, and anxiety free. This is crucial as many patients are not able to undergo dental treatment without oral sedation. Many patients are simply overwhelmed by the stress, anxiety, and fear that results at just the thought of undergoing dental treatment. Through oral sedation dentistry, we are able to provide patients with a comfortable, relaxing way to receive the dental care they need without having to first experience fear. Sadly, even dental cleanings, x-rays, and routine examinations are enough to cause fear and anxiety in some patients. Medication can be taken at home before treatment so that patients arrive for their dental appointments feeling calm, relaxed, and free from anxiety and fear. In fact, as a result of oral sedation dentistry, many patients do not even remember undergoing dental treatment. This is especially helpful for patients who have experienced traumatic dental experiences in the past.
As with any treatment, there is risk involved. To minimize any possible risk, we will perform a drug interaction test before administering any oral sedation medications. We always carefully monitor each patient during oral sedation so that we can ensure their continued health and safety.
Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
To learn more about oral sedation benefits and risks, please contact Smiles by Myles today.