Our goal is to provide a relaxing experience.

We use a number of effective techniques to make your dental experience a calm and relaxing one. Conscious sedation is a preferred alternative for those who are nervous about dental care, or those who want to have multiple dental procedures accomplished in one visit. You don’t find this approach everywhere, because it requires special attention and equipment–it’s one of the things that makes Fredericksburg Smile Center unique.

 


What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is where medication is provided to patients to help them relax during their dental procedures. Conscious sedation is often called “sleep dentistry”. This term is used because most patients do sleep the whole time. However, during this time patients are still conscious and are able to respond to verbal commands and questions. Additionally, it tends to have an amnesia effect where most patients don’t remember anything about the procedure at all.

At the Fredericksburg Smile Center, we have a room designed especially for conscious sedation. Our qualified professionals use this room to provide several different types of sedatives and you can be confident that we maintain this important part of our practice with both high standards and your comfort in mind.

Many of our patients have discovered that conscious sedation allows them to maintain their commute schedule and schedule more than one procedure at a time, without a sense of anxiety. Those who have avoided the dentist altogether find this approach allows them to keep their regular care schedule with putting it off due to concerns about how nervous they might feel about the visit.

With conscious sedation at Fredericksburg Smile Center, you’ll be surprised just how relaxing a visit to the dentist can be.

How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

While there is always an inherent risk with anesthesia, it is normally safe when given by an experienced dentist who monitors the procedure and the patient’s status very closely. However, if you are concerned about the safety of sedation dentistry, it is recommended that you consult your physician before undergoing anesthesia. 

Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Those who are comfortable with and healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and have one of the following concerns may be a great candidate for sedation dentistry.

  • Dental anxiety
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Extensive dental needs


For those who know that a local anesthetic won’t be enough to make their visit comfortable, conscious sedation provides a state of relaxation that is deeper and puts most patients in a sleeping state during the procedure. With this approach, you won’t feel any pain, and you’ll be able to respond to your dentist’s questions and commands. Since communication is important in the dentist-patient relationship, conscious sedation is an excellent option for those who have a little extra anxiety about dental work.

Schedule a Consultation for Sedation Dentistry in Fredericksburg, VA Today

If you are looking for an office that does sedation dentistry near you, want to learn more, and want to see if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, contact us here.