General Sedation Information
If the thought of going to the dentist and undergoing a dental procedure makes you anxious, we have something to take away the nerves. Southpoint Quality Dental offers sedation dentistry in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA.
You’ve done the right thing. You’re here. You’ve taken the right step and we want to thank you for placing your trust in us.
If you’re nervous about your upcoming appointment, let me share with you a service that I offer that’s designed to ease stress during treatment: sedation, specifically nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or a combination of the two. We value you as our patient and want to ensure your comfort and safety in every step of your treatment.
Sedation allows us to do that. It will put you at ease so that you remain relaxed but responsive throughout the appointment.
Picture it: a two-hour appointment goes by in the blink of an eye. You’re calm, comfortable and when the sedation wears off you’ll be back home!
Your health and safety is our top priority once you’re settled in the chair. As trained sedation dentists, we want you to know you’re in a safe place, that you aren’t alone and there is no judgment – just care that is efficient, safe and excellent.
If you have questions or want to know more about sedation, please let one of our doctors or one of our team members know. We are very happy to discuss with you in further detail how sedation can help make your treatment more enjoyable.
Thank you for choosing us as your partner in oral care. We look forward to meeting your dental needs!
Types of Sedation
Commonly referred to as "laughing gas", Nitrous Oxide is a very safe way to relieve anxiety for dental treatment. It does not require you to have a driver to and from your appointment as it will have no lasting effect beyond a few minutes following completion of your therapy. It is the mildest form of relaxation therapy that we offer; however, it is very beneficial for many patients, allowing them to have a pleasant experience at their dental visit. To comply with current regulations (and out of an abundance of caution), we must monitor your blood pressure and oxygen levels while you are on Nitrous Oxide.
IV sedation allows the personal titration of a combination of anxiety and pain medication to create a calm and relaxing dental appointment. Patients report little to no memory of their procedure and the medications used are similar to almost all medical outpatient surgical procedures such as Colonoscopy and Endoscopy procedures. The patient is conscious during the entire procedure, is able to breathe on their own and will respond to verbal commands all while having dental work performed comfortably.
General Sedation/ General Anesthesia is what is commonly referred to as being "put to sleep". This is normally only performed in an operating room under the care of an anesthesiologist. Under general sedation you will not be able to respond, and you will require assistance from a ventilator to breath for you.
Southpoint Quality Dental currently offers the following types of sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen
- Oral Anxiolysis with Benzodiazepine and Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Conscious Sedation with Triazolobenzodiazepine (and Other Oral Medications) with Nitrous Oxide