Dr. Kathleen Mullaney • DDS • FAGD

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Sedation Dentistry in Alexandria, VA

Sedation Dentistry in Alexandria, VA

We understand that many people experience anxiety or unease when visiting the dentist. These feelings can prevent patients from getting the dental care they need, whether because of past trauma or fear of the unknown. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry as a solution for our patients.

Find out how sedation dentistry works and whether you’re a candidate here.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation or sleep dentistry involves medication to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during dental procedures.

During sedation dentistry, patients remain conscious and can respond to instructions. However, you might feel drowsy and have little or no memory of the procedure. Patients also typically need someone to drive them home and should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for several hours afterward.

Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

At Dr. Kathleen Mullaney, DDS, we recommend sleep dentistry for those with dental anxiety or phobia, a sensitive gag reflex, or who need extensive dental work that might be uncomfortable or time-consuming. The level of sedation depends on the patient’s individual needs and the complexity of the procedure.

Sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including those who:

  • Experience fear or anxiety about dental procedures
  • Have a fear of needles or dental instruments
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Have a low pain threshold or difficulty getting numb
  • Need extensive or complex dental treatment
  • Have trouble sitting still for long periods
  • Have special needs or disabilities

Not everyone is a candidate for sedation dentistry. For instance, patients with severe respiratory or cardiovascular problems might be ineligible. Pregnant women and those with allergies to certain medications should also forego this treatment.

Ultimately, you’ll decide whether to undergo sedation dentistry during your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Mullaney. She will work with you to determine the best sedation option for your needs and create a personalized plan to help you achieve optimal dental health.

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients feel more at ease during dental procedures. For most patients, this comes in addition to the usual pain relief or an anesthetic, which we typically administer through an injection to the affected area.

Our Alexandria dental office offers oral sedation. Patients are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and comfort.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a pill or liquid medication, typically 30 to 60 minutes before a procedure; this produces a deeper state of relaxation, making it easier for patients to undergo longer and more complex procedures.

The effects of the medication can last for several hours after your appointment, so plan for a restful day after your visit.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

According to a 2017 study, 18% of the 309 participants suffered from moderate to high dental anxiety. Most of this group reported missing appointments because of dental fear.

Sedation is one of the most effective ways Dr. Mullaney has found to help give patients the care they need. Other benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • Increased comfort during procedures
  • Better pain management
  • More efficient dental work, as patients, are more relaxed and cooperative
  • An easier time completing multiple procedures in one visit, if needed

Sedation Dentistry Services in Alexandria, VA

Are you ready to experience a more comfortable, stress-free dental appointment? Call 240-532-3335 or contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our sedation dentistry services. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, happy smile.

Deal of the Day

* Includes necessary X-rays, Velscope Oral Cancer Screening and periodontal examination
(New Patients Only, excludes cleaning. Not billable to insurance)

Trusted in the Community

Had my first visit to Dr. Mullaney’s office this month since the pandemic and the experience was gold standard. The safety processes and clean office environment were impeccable. Dr. Mullaney and staff were, as usual, amazing. Every step was explained, the protective garments worn by staff were the best I have experienced. It was a safe and positive visit and I recommend making an appointment!!

I am a new patient. After my first dentist appointment with Dr. Mullaney, I left feeling very informed and in control of ultimately making decisions about the care and treatment I receive. The staff is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I love that they participate in helping veterans through The Freedom Day USA program. They are committed to providing a very clean and friendly atmosphere. In addition this practice goes out of its way to bring comfort and the latest in dentistry to all their patients.

I never thought that a person could enjoy going to the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Mullaney. Her attractive and serene office and Dr. Mullaney and her competent and friendly staff make every visit a pleasure. They have a gift for making each experience smooth and efficient, with meticulous attention to the patient’s needs and comfort. On a scale of 1 to 10 this practice is a 15!

Dr. Mullaney and her staff are absolutely wonderful. They are very professional, personable and greet you by name when you walk in the door. Dr. Mullaney is very talented and really has perfected her craft. Even with a last-minute treatment change, she is unwavering in performing the highest quality treatment available. I am extremely grateful to you all for making my visit pleasant and even fun!