Sedation Dentistry in Arlington, Virginia

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Don’t let fear and anxiety keep you from a beautiful, healthy smile.

Whether you have mild anxiety or an extreme fear that manifests in dental phobia, avoiding the dentist is not only bad for your oral health, but also impacts your overall health and well-being. CNS Dental’s non-IV sedation services, along with our calming, experienced team of dentists and hygienists, can make you feel relaxed and at ease in the dentist chair.

Depending on your procedure and your level of anxiety, we will supply you the right type and amount of oral sedative to help you feel comfortable.

Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Non-IV sedation offers a solution to multiple challenges some patients face:

Dental anxiety or fear

From a complex procedure to a simple teeth cleaning, going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. Taking a sedation pill can relax your body and make you feel less anxious. Over time, with sedation at each appointment, you may come to dread going to the dentist less too!

Sensitive gag reflex

Most dental procedures avoid the back of your throat. But some patients with an extra-sensitive gag reflex may find the idea of having many fingers and instruments in their mouth very uncomfortable. Sedation relaxes your gag reflex, which makes you much more comfortable during the procedure and gives the dentist more maneuverability in your mouth.

Neck, back or shoulder pain

For some patients, reclining in the dentist’s chair with their neck extended for a prolonged period can be very painful. Sedation dentistry can help relax the muscles in your neck, back and shoulders so that you can comfortably remain in the chair throughout the entire procedure.

Time-consuming procedures

Some procedures that require many appointments can be completed in less sessions or even one day with the use of sedation. Since the patient feels no pain and is less anxious, they are able to stay in the chair for an extended period. This also allows the dentist to work more quickly and efficiently because the patient is relaxed and still.

Sensitive teeth or gums

People with sensitive teeth or gums can find routine cleanings and dental procedures uncomfortable or painful. Sedation medication can dull the senses, reduce pain perception and lower the sensitivity threshold.

Difficulty sitting still

Children or adults with conditions like ADHD, sensory processing disorder or autism may find it challenging to sit still for extended periods during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry can help these patients remain calm and cooperative.

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Am I eligible for sedation dentistry?

To qualify for our sedation oral pill, you will need a doctor’s note proving eligibility. After that, we will ensure that the medication does not interact with any current medications you may be taking.

You will take the sedation pill in the comfort of your own home and have someone drive you to and from your appointment. To further relax you, feel free to wear headphones to listen to music, squeeze a stress ball, play with a fidget toy or even bring someone with you for support.

Conquer your dental fears with CNS Dental!

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