Does the idea of visiting the dentist fill you with negative or frightening emotions? Do you have a sensitive gag reflex or a physical condition that makes it difficult to sit still for a long time? Do you need to schedule multiple lengthy procedures in a single day? These are all reasons why sedation dentistry at Lansdowne Family Dental may be the right choice for you. Your comfort is a top priority for Dr. Wael Elosta and our team, and we want you to feel truly at ease as we improve the health and beauty of your smile.
For patients with mild dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may be the best option. Also known as “laughing gas,” we administer it through a nasal mask, and within minutes, patients begin to feel more relaxed. We can adjust the amount of gas depending on your needs, and once we’re finished with treatment, the effects wear off incredibly fast, allowing patients to get back to their lives right away.
We typically recommend oral sedation to patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental fear or anxiety. Our team provides a prescription medication to be taken at a predetermined time before the procedure. Those who undergo this type of sedation enter into a deep state of relaxation and may fall asleep, though typically they remain aware and respond to commands. Most experience an amnesic effect after their appointment. Patients need a trusted friend or family member to escort them to and from their appointment.
Local anesthesia is often required during dental care because it helps significantly reduce the amount of discomfort patients experience. However, many children and adults suffer from a fear of syringes. Here in Lansdowne, patients from the nearby Leesburg and Ashburn and beyond experience advanced pain relief with The Wand. Unlike traditional methods, The Wand is controlled by a computer, and provides precise treatment without unintentionally rendering other areas numb. Better yet, the injection is more comfortable, and doesn’t look like a needle, which helps patients feel much more at ease.