Anxiety caused by dental procedures is more of a common problem than you might realize, and general anesthesia can help make your dental treatment more comfortable.
According to the American Dental Association, at least 15% of Americans put off going to the dentist because they have dental anxiety.
One way to help make your dental procedure more comfortable is by using general anesthesia or sedation dentistry. General anesthesia is a safe and effective way to make you feel relaxed and comfortable during your procedure. This form of dental medicine is most commonly used for severe dental phobia and provides deep sedation for many patients.
At Virginia Oral Surgery Specialists, we offer general anesthesia for most patients with severe anxiety in Vienna, VA. Not only is Dr. Dawood highly trained and experienced in administering general anesthesia, he is Board Certified by the American NAtional Dental Board of Anesthesiology . He will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure. Our top priorities are your long-term oral health care and trust in our dental office.
Sedation Dentistry for your Dental Treatment
Inhaled general anesthesia is the use of inhalation anesthetic agents such as sevoflorane, halothane etc- to cause a person to fall asleep. This level of anesthesia is generally performed in the hospital and used for complex surgical cases. Alternatively, use of nitrous oxide ( laughing gas) is the most common form of analgesia that is used in dentistry. It is administered through a face mask that delivers a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
Intravenous, or IV sedation dentistry, is used in more complex procedures, such as jaw surgery. It is administered through an IV line that delivers the medication directly into your bloodstream.
This type of anesthesia allows our surgeons to carefully control the amount of medication you receive and ensure that you are comfortable throughout your procedure.
Choosing the Right General Anesthesia for You
Choosing the correct type of dental sedation for your procedure is essential. Dr. Dawood will work with you to determine the best kind of general anesthesia for your needs and ensure that you are relaxed when you get in the dental chair.
The type of anesthesia you receive is based on several factors, including:
- The type of procedure you are having
- Your medical history
- Your age
- Your weight
- Any medications you are taking
It is essential to follow any post-operative instructions from the dental hygienist, oral surgeon, or anyone else providing information at the dental practice. Your oral health is our top priority as dental health providers, and we aim to reduce the risk of severe side effects or a dental emergency.