Sedation Dentistry

Dental Town DC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Washington, DC

For many people, a trip to the dentist is a stressful experience. Thankfully, sedation dentistry can alleviate that stress and help you feel calm in the chair. Samira Shenasi, DDS, offers an array of sedation options at Dental Town DC in Washington, DC. To learn more about how Dr. Shenasi can make your dental visit more comfortable and relaxing, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

How can sedation dentistry improve my dental experience?

Dental phobias are very real. For some people, the fear or anxiety of visiting the dentist is overwhelming and can prevent them from getting the dental care they need. 

Even if you don’t suffer from a debilitating dental phobia, having certain procedures performed can be an uncomfortable and stressful experience.

With sedation dentistry, Dr. Shenasi can minimize those feelings of anxiety or discomfort by using medical sedatives to keep you relaxed. 

By calming your worries, sedation dentistry can help Dr. Shenasi provide your mouth with the care it needs and can make your trip to the dentist more enjoyable.

What are some of the sedative options you offer?

Some of the sedatives that Dr. Shenasi can use to enhance your dental experience include: 

Laughing gas

Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is one of the oldest forms of sedation dentistry. It’s a gas that you inhale through a flexible plastic mask placed over your nose. You wear the mask throughout your entire procedure as it delivers an odorless gas that temporarily puts you in a state of deep relaxation. 

Laughing gas even gives some patients the giggles, hence the name. After Dr. Shenasi finishes your treatment, she pumps pure oxygen through the mask, which flushes the nitrous oxide from your system. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, and you’ll feel back to normal by the time you leave the office.

Conscious oral sedation

With conscious oral sedation, Dr. Shenasi prescribes you an anti-anxiety pill to take before you arrive at the office. The pill minimizes activity in the area of your brain that causes feelings of anxiety or fear, leaving you in a relaxed state for your treatment. 

As the name implies, conscious oral sedation leaves you awake, so you’ll still be able to communicate with Dr. Shenasi if necessary. 

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Sedation dentistry is an excellent choice if you want to find relief from dental anxiety. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, Dr. Shenasi can perform a thorough assessment of your health to determine which sedation method is best suited for you.

Get started today by calling the office or using the online tool to book a visit.