Sedation Dentistry

For Your Comfort & Convenience

People of all ages can experience dental anxiety, which is why we strive to make your visits with us as comfortable and worry-free as possible. Please share your feelings and concerns with us so we can help you receive the treatment you need at a pace that makes you feel comfortable. Life can be stressful, but going to the dentist doesn’t have to be!

Here are just a few of the patient amenities we offer at Expressions Dental Care:

  • Complimentary Beverage Bar
  • Free WiFi in Reception Area
  • Flat-Screen TVs & Blankets in Treatment Rooms

Nitrous Oxide

Sedation Dentistry Reston VA DentistNitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colour less blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases with a pleasant, sweet smell and taste. Inhaling nitrous oxide creates a sense of well-being and relaxation, and it is used effectively to help individuals who experience anxiety or fear about dental treatment feel more at ease. Nitrous oxide increases your pain threshold and, when necessary, makes the administration of anaesthetic injections more comfortable. It is also helpful for patients who have a strong gag reflex that interferes with dental treatment.

  • Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anti-anxiety agents used in dentistry, and it has very few side effects or risks.
  • Nitrous oxide is non-addictive, and you will remain fully conscious during treatment.
  • Administration is comfortable and painless, involving no more than a mask over the nose. This makes it an excellent option for children with dental anxieties or individuals with mental or physical disabilities.
  • Feelings of calm and relaxation are felt almost immediately, and breathing pure oxygen for several minutes after treatment completely reverses the effects.

Less Time, More Comfort with Isolite®

The Isolite® System is a small invention that can make a big difference in your dental experiences. It has a light to illuminate your mouth from the inside, so treatments are shadowless and more efficient. This means you spend less time in the dental chair! The Isolite promotes comfort, too, by allowing you to rest your jaw during treatment. In addition, it completely eliminates the need for cotton rolls and rinse breaks. Come in and experience the difference!

TMJ Disorder & Chronic Headaches

Does your jaw ache when you open wide or chew something tough? You could be suffering from TMJ Disorder, or TMD, a condition that causes frequent pain in the jaw and neck. Other symptoms of TMD include chronic headaches, tooth sensitivity, and jaw clicking or locking. Dr. Han and our team can determine the cause of your TMJ pain by taking x-rays and performing a thorough examination of your bite, jaw joint and facial muscles. Once we know what’s causing your pain, we’ll help you find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Intravenous Treatment

For the Intravenous Therapy, more commonly known as I.V. Treatment, Dr. Han uses a board certified anaesthesiologist, so you will be in the hands of a professional. The process is a very simple one.  The sedative will be administered intravenously, through a needle inserted into the patient’s arm. Once the drug takes effect, the patient will feel trainquil and sleepy. Thanks to the calming drug, their anxiety level will go down and they will be able to remain relaxed during the dental procedure. The patient will typically lose consciousness, dropping off into a deep and soothing sleep.

During this time, the patient’s vital signs will be closely monitored. When a patient wakes up, they will have no memory of their treatment. The patient will be groggy afterwards, so it is required that the patient recruit a friend or family member to drive them to the dentist, stay over the course of the visit and then drive them home. Usually, I.V. treatment is helpful to patients who have severe dental phobia or who have extremely sensitive teeth and difficulty responding to the agent that can be used to numb one’s mouth to reduce pain during dental procedures. It can also be helpful if the patient requires an extensive operation.


Oral Sedation

This kind of sedation is also referred to as “anxiolysis” meaning that it uses a drug to relieve anxiety in the patient. It comes in the form of an oral medication which is typically a pill taken by a patient an hour before their dental appointment. The patient will become drowsy and relaxed like they would under I.V. treatment, but it is unlikely the patient would become completely unconscious.  However, it is very common for the medication to cause patients to sleep through their dental procedure and patients often describe the experience as the most relaxing nap they have ever had. They also typically don’t have much memory of the treatment.

Like with I.V. treatment, the patient’s vital signs will be monitored closely. It is also required that a patient have someone take them to or from the dentist’s office because the drug will make the patient too sleepy to drive.This kind of sedation is perfect for people with severe dental anxiety and/or people who require extensive dental work but also have issues with needles and shots.

Do not let your anxiety over dental operations stop you from getting the treatment you need. It will only lead to even worse problems. Instead, you can ensure that your dental operation will cause you no worry or pain as you take a nice nap.