Although it is recommended that people schedule routine teeth cleanings every six months, thousands of Americans avoid seeing the dentist on a regular basis due to anxiety or fear. In some cases, severe dental anxiety may prevent people from visiting the dentist, to receive the oral care they desperately require. Sedation dentistry offers a simple solution to this potentially dangerous problem. Patients may feel little to no discomfort during a teeth cleaning, whitening treatment or a number of other types of dental procedures, with sedation dentistry in Fairfax, VA.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dentist

There are many reasons why going to the dentist may be uncomfortable for many people. Not only is it difficult to hold their mouths open for any length of time, but they may have an overactive gag reflex or a severe fear of needles. Sedation dentistry may be a good option for people who have an aversion to dental procedures, due to a traumatizing experience in the past or for those who require multiple complex dental procedures.

Types of Sedation


No two dental patients are the same. As a result, there are many different sedation options available.

 ·         Laughing Gas: Formally known as nitrous oxide, gas is commonly used because it is effective and works quickly, allowing patients a faster recovery time. Patients can drive themselves to the dental office and home, making this a great option for people who do not have someone to escort them to the office.
 ·         Medication: Patients who opt to take an oral medication before coming to their appointment will require a driver. Yet many people prefer the ease of taking a tablet and may feel at ease once the medication takes effect.
 ·         Numbing Shots: Shots of local anesthetic are administered in affected areas. Shots work locally, rather than systemically; they do not affect the entire body, just the region of application.

Dentists can customize the level of sedation, from mild to deep, depending on each patient’s specific needs.

If you want to experience advanced dentistry at its finest, contact Dr. J. Alexander Withers at Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Our sedation dentistry techniques will keep you relaxed, while we improve your smile. Call us at (703) 997-5739 today.