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Sedation Dentistry – Vienna, VA

Stress-Free Dental Visits

Fear of the dentist is a common problem and one that many adults still struggle with on a regular basis. At Vienna Smiles, our dedicated team of experts understands very well how these feelings can be difficult to overcome. However, we also want to ensure that you receive the regular dental attention your smile needs to thrive. After all, if problems are left unnoticed for too long, they can result in unnecessary damage and pain. That’s why we are happy to offer several sedation dentistry options that can help you relax and receive the personalized attention you deserve. With a comfortable dental office environment and an onsite anesthesiologist, patients can know that they’re always in good hands here in Vienna, VA.

Why Choose Vienna Smiles for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Years of Advanced Training
  • Kind, Friendly Dental Team
  • Multiple Options to Customize to Your Needs

Nitrous Oxide

Woman with nitrous oxide nose mask

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is one of the most well-known forms of sedation, and it’s ideal for patients with mild to moderate feelings of anxiety or discomfort. We’ll administer the gas through a mask that fits over the nose, and within a few minutes, patients should begin to fall into a deeply relaxed, almost euphoric state. The process is very safe and effective, and once we’re finished, you’ll be back to normal quickly, allowing you to go back to work or even drive yourself home with no interruption to your regular schedule.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Patient taking oral sedative pill

Oral conscious sedation is as simple as taking an aspirin, and it’s a good sedation choice for patients who struggle with moderate to severe dental phobia. This method won’t render you unconscious – instead, you’ll enter a deep state of comfort that still allows you to respond to commands from our team. The treatment is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and many patients don’t even remember their procedure once it’s over. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation

IV drip in patient's hand

IV sedation is also an excellent choice for patients with severe anxiety or fear regarding dental care. Like oral conscious sedation, you’ll still be awake during your procedure and able to respond to commands from our dental team as we work. However, you will enter a heightened state of relaxation that may have an amnesic effect once the procedure is over. One of the unique benefits of IV sedation is that your level of medication can be adjusted during the procedure in order to ensure maximum comfort. Your safety is always our number one concern! After undergoing IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you home from your appointment and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs


You can sit back and relax during your dental appointment with the help of your sedation dentist in Vienna; however, it’s normal to have some concerns about the process. There’s no need to worry. We will take the time to explain the process and what you can expect during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to make the best decision for your comfort.

Who can sedation dentistry help?

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective for adults who have unique needs during their dental appointments, including those with:

  • Dental-related fears or anxieties
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental issues
  • Fear of needles or shots

Does dental insurance cover sedation dentistry?

Every dental plan differs, but there are certain carriers who will pay a portion of the cost of the sedative. Depending on your specific policy, we’ll work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the necessary claims and paperwork to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. If there’s a remaining balance, we accept a variety of payment options. You can enjoy a comfortable dental experience without worrying about a large bill.

Will I be asleep?

Despite what you may have heard, you will not be asleep during your appointment; however, you will reach a deep level of relaxation. You will not be aware of your surroundings and you won’t feel any pain. You will be completely at ease to the point you may even fall asleep; however, you can still respond to your dentist’s ques and you’ll be awakened easily after your procedure is complete.

Will I remember the procedure?

Often, patients have no memory of their procedure or their time in the dental office. This can help cure dental-related anxieties because you won’t have any lingering memories of discomfort or even the sights, sounds, or smells of the dental office.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Your safety is a big concern. Despite what you may have heard, sedation dentistry is safe when administered by a trained dentist in Vienna. There is very minimal risk, but you’ll still need an initial consultation to ensure it’s the right choice for you.

Your dentist will evaluate your medical history and discuss your concerns to determine there’s little risk of adverse complications. During your appointment, you’re closely monitored to ensure your safety.

How long will the sedative last?

The effects of the sedative vary depending on the type used. The effects of nitrous oxide dissipate quickly, so you should be back to feeling yourself in no time at all. Oral conscious sedation or IV sedation are stronger than nitrous oxide. As a result, it can take several hours for the effects to fully subside. No matter the type used, it’s best to have a friend or loved one take you to and from your appointment. It’s best to limit your activities and rest until the effects of the sedative have fully worn off.