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Sedation in Gaithersburg, MD

Imagine getting all your long-delayed dental work done comfortably in just one or two visits. We specialize in session dentistry and sleep dentistry, specifically for individuals with dental fears and anxieties. We offer various sedation options, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous sedation, tailored to each patient’s needs. This ensures both patients and dentists can provide and receive top-quality dental care in a stress-free and pain-free manner.

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What is Sedation Dentistry or Sleep Dentistry?

The patient is given oral medication about an hour before the appointment. The medicine puts you in a light state of sedation, and you sleep through your dental appointment .It is safe! When you awaken, your dental treatment is complete.
You need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you are allowed to rest comfortably in a warm, quiet room under a cozy blanket. During the entire time you are here, we will closely monitor you to ensure your safety.
Complex dental treatments that often require six or more appointments can be done in as little as one, all while you sleep!

Sedation FAQ

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterward.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2 to 6 hours, depending on the strength of the sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation, someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist, you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.

Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well. If you are not sure if you are a candidate, ask your dentist.

Are there any long-term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some form of sedation, but after a few hours, you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

In most cases, it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment but may require a follow-up visit.

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Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases, it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and, if necessary, we can put together a financing plan for you.

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