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Sedation Dentistry Specialist

McLean Aura Dentistry

Dentists located in McLean, VA

If going to the dentist creates anxiety and fear, you’re not alone. Many people dread dental visits to the point of letting their oral health suffer. At McLean Aura Dentistry, the team of Dr. Negar Tehrani and Dr. Chang Yi make every effort to ease your concerns with a compassionate chairside manner and sedation dentistry. If you live in McLean, Virginia or the surrounding area and want a team who addresses your anxiety surrounding dental care, call the office or book an appointment online.

Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Although the staff makes every effort to make your visit comfortable and stress-free, for some people, anxiety still strikes. Sedation dentistry refers to the techniques that dentists use to help eliminate or dramatically reduce dental anxiety. At McLean Aura Dentistry, the team uses a combination of oral sedatives to help you relax and get comfortable during your visit.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Anyone who is in good health and gets anxious about dental visits can be a good candidate. Specific issues that might warrant sedation dentistry include:

  • Previous traumatic dental experience
  • The need for a lot of work to be done in one visit
  • Poor response to local anesthesia
  • A fear of needles or shots
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Super-sensitive teeth

Children who have trouble sitting still through an appointment or children with special needs may also benefit from sedation dentistry.

Before you receive sedation, the team reviews your medical history and notes any medications you’re currently taking. You receive a dose appropriate for your age and health.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation can range from mild to moderate, depending on the combination of drugs provided. You usually take a pill about an hour before your visit. It makes you drowsy, but you’re still conscious and awake. You fall into a state of deep relaxation and may, or may not, remember your visit to the office.

A larger dose might be needed in cases of extreme anxiety. You still receive localized numbing of the treatment area if you’re undergoing a procedure other than a simple cleaning.

You will need a driver to take you to and from the visit because you’re not in a state to drive when on oral sedation.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Conscious sedation is a technique used for many years and is quite safe. The team at McLean Aura Dentistry monitors your vital signs and ensures you’re comfortable throughout the appointment.

If you have anxiety surrounding dental visits and let it interfere with your oral health, consider sedation dentistry as a way to ease your fears. Call McLean Aura Dentistry or make an appointment online today.