Virginia Dental Care

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Oral Sedation Dentistry

Do you have questions about your next dental procedure?

Do dental visits give you anxiety? You might find that sedation dentistry is the best way to get over your fears.
“In my experience, I can say that many people present with a lot of fear or anxiety, no matter how simple the dental procedure or work is. Even a simple check-up can make people feel very nervous.”Your body’s health depends on how well you care for your teeth and mouth. We want to ensure you get the care you need without the stress you might normally feel at a doctor’s office. Oral sedation dentistry is a safe way to get dental care that doesn’t hurt or make you feel bad.On the other hand, general anesthesia is very strong and isn’t needed for small dental procedures. “Conscious sedation” is another name for this kind of sleep aid.

Oral Sedation Dentistry


Conscious sedation is a mild drowsiness in which the patient can still breathe on his or her own, respond to physical touch and verbal commands, keep his or her airway open, and is produced with or without pharmacological agents. Or a mix of drug treatments and treatments that don’t involve drugs.

Sedation dentistry, which is also sometimes called “relaxation dentistry,” is a way for dentists to help patients deal with pain and stress during dental appointments. In general anesthesia, the patient is completely out of it, asleep, and can’t do anything. In conscious sedation, on the other hand, the patient can answer questions and breathe on their own.
There are several ways to administer sedatives. At Dental Vital, sedation is administered by conscious inhalation sedation. We use Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen. This sedation method is used the longest and most frequently in pain free dentistry.All the person’s body functions stay normal, and can still breathe independently. Dentists have used inhalation sedation for many years.
With dental sedation by inhalation of nitrous oxide and oxygen, the patient will experience a conscious state of deep relaxation, being able to speak and respond to any indication or request.

Types Of Sedation Used in Dentistry

Knowing what sedation dentists offer will help you decide if you need one. A sedation dentist can help you overcome dental anxiety and get the oral treatment you need. Our sedation dentist may offer the following services.

1. Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Through a mask that is put over your nose, you breathe nitrous oxide along with oxygen. You can relax thanks to the gas. Your dentist can manage the level of sedation you receive, and it usually wears off fast.

2. Oral Sedation

Approximately an hour prior to the surgery, the patient is given a tablet in varied amounts to induce oral drowsiness. The medication is usually Halcion. Although you'll be conscious, the tablet will make you sleepy.

3. IV Moderate Sedation

IV sedation is another option for patients who wish to go completely to sleep. This service is not offered at VDC currently.


Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
Oxygen (O2)
The machine’s safety features ensure that the mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide gave to the patient is at least 30%. Most of the time, the patient gets between 50 and 70% oxygen.

At the dentist, who qualifies for dental sedation?

At the dentist, who qualifies for sedation?

People who are really afraid or anxious about going to the dentist should consider sedation.

The following people can benefit from sedation dentistry:

  • Hypersensitive teeth and poor adhesion, 
  • hypersensitive teeth and a poor gag reflex, 
  • have a low pain threshold, 
  • are difficult to sit still in the dentist’s chair,
  •  and require extensive dental work.

Sedation may be used if a child is too afraid to cooperate or is uncooperative during the appointment.


  • It works well for various levels of anxiety.
  • Quick start effect (immediate)
  • Flexible duration (it can be adapted for any time and used in any dental treatment.
  • Absolute control: easily and quickly control and modify the level of sedation moment by moment.
  • There’s a painkilling effect.
  • People get better fast
  • There aren’t many bad side effects
  • You can get to and from your dentist appointment by yourself
  • You can get back to what you were doing right away.
  • The Downsides of Inhaled Sedation.
  • If you have a lot of anxiety, you may need to be sedated more strongly
  • Not for people who have breathing problems (asthma and emphysema).
  • People who suffer from claustrophobia should be considered the possibility since they generally do not like anything covering their noses.