Dental Anxiety

Sedation Dentistry For Dental Anxiety

Have you ever avoided getting a necessary dental treatment out of fear? Do feelings of anxiety and nervousness start to creep in the moment you think about going to the dentist? Do you arrive at the office with sweating palms and a pounding heart? If so, you are not alone.

Many people feel anxious and even fearful of going to the dentist. Dental anxiety and dental phobia are relatively common conditions people experience. Our goal at DC Dental Spa is to help you get the care you need while reducing your anxiety and discomfort at our practice.

Our compassionate and friendly team at DC Dental Spa understands that visiting the dentist can be a little intimidating or even scary for some patients. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry, a modern, non-invasive option during your appointment that allows you to get the treatment you need without discomfort or anxiety.

Don’t put off your dental care due to dental anxiety.

We rely on two types of sedation to help you feel more comfortable throughout any procedure at our practice. The first is inhalation sedation–you may know this as “laughing gas”. This type of sedation is administered through breathing in nitrous oxide, a gas that creates a slightly euphoric feeling that calms your nerves and diminishes pain. While sedated, patients may experience a light tingling sensation or a feeling of warmth. Our Washington D.C. sedation dentists can adjust the depth of the sedation to meet your needs throughout the procedure.

The second option for your sedation dentistry is oral sedation. Our dentists may prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication to be taken before the dental appointment so that you arrive in a calmer state. Instead of feeling anxious or worried, you can focus on getting the treatments you need to improve the look and health of your smile.

Sedation dentistry may be right for you if:

  • You feel worried or anxious before you even arrive at the dentist’s office.
  • You have a specific fear, like one of needles or extractions, that has not been alleviated through other psychological or pain-management techniques.
  • You’d like to feel relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.
  • You have experienced panic attacks at dental appointments in the past.
  • You have avoided getting the treatment you need due to fear.

Our DC team welcomes you to get in touch or visit with us to determine if sedation dentistry is a good option for you. Contact us today at (202) 873-1054.

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