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If you ever suffer from stress or anxiety from visiting at the dentist, you are under the effects of what is known as dental anxiety. Dental anxiety has numerous treatments including meditations, relaxing music, yoga therapies, and breathing techniques to help treat it, but a specialized branch of dentistry also exists to not only calm and relax stress patients, but to alleviate or remove any pain that can be felt a swell. This is known as sedation dentistry and exists in numerous forms.

For a deep sedation, general anesthesia is given to help calm and relax a patient and to put a user unconscious so that complex surgical treatments can be administered. Through the use of anesthesia, dentists have the time may need to ensure your oral health care treatments are done safely and accurately. Additional forms of sleep sedation consist of oral sedation and intravenous sedation, although dosages can be adjusted according to the patient’s needs.

For a milder form of sedative that will not put a user into a deep sleep, laughing gas can be applied. Laughing gas is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that can calm and relax a patient. It’s highly effective because it can be used to place an individual into a sense of euphoria, and will wear off quickly after the gas is removed.

Are you in need of a dentist in Alexandria, Virginia? If so, our team at McQuiston Dental can help. Dr. Scott McQuiston and our team can give you a complete oral examination to determine which sedation dentistry treatments are best for you and your oral health care needs. To book a visit to our dentist office, call us at 703-354-0111 to schedule an appointment.