Sedation Dentistry - Reston, VA
Comfortable Dental Relaxation Methods
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 dental relaxation method exists. Sedation dentistry is used at our Reston dental facility to alleviate dental anxiety, so you can face dental appointments with confidence and no apprehension.
Do You Have a Dental Phobia?
If you fear dental appointments, call sedation dentist, Dr. Wayne 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 oral sedation by oral sedation, Dr. Myles will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your dental appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish dental 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 dental 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, oral sedation patients living in Oakton, Vienna, and Northern Virginia choose sedation dentistry if they:
- Experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
- Put off important dental treatment because of anxiety
- 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
Oral Sedation Risks & Side Effects
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, dental 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
We use sedation dentistry to ease the tension and anxiety a patient may feel whenever he or she is undergoing dental treatment. If you fear dental appointments, contact Reston dentist Dr. Wayne Myles to determine if sedation dentistry through oral sedation is available for you.
Understanding the Cost of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can go a long way towards helping our most nervous patients feel safe and at ease throughout their procedures, which is why the Smiles by Myles team wants to do whatever we can to help make it financially feasible. While most insurance plans do not provide coverage for sedation, low-interest financing is available through several avenues (including CareCredit and Lending Club). At your first consultation, we will be happy to review the cost with you in greater detail so that you can proceed confidently with your treatment plan – no fear required.
Ready to wake up to a fabulously new, healthy smile? You'll be amazed at how simple the entire process can be. To learn more about oral sedation and which type is right for you, contact us today at (703) 722-6342 or schedule an appointment online.