Do you suffer from dental fear and anxiety? If you have a negative past dental experience or generalized dental fear, Dr. Nishan Halim can help. Dr. Halim is a Washington, DC dentist that offers sedation dentistry to patients. He works with patients through every step of the treatment process for the most effective care possible. With dental sedation, Dr. Halim provides comfortable and painless care to patients that may be fearful about dental care, whether it’s routine or complex. Learn more about how you can benefit from this general dental service below:
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
With dental sedation, Dr. Halim is able to:
- Give patients anxiety-relief
- Work more efficiently
- Reduce patient gag reflex
- Provide pain-free treatment
Sedation dentistry can benefit patients with dental fear or anxiety, low pain tolerance, and a poor gag reflex. Patients with disabilities, movement disorders, or phobias of needles, blood, or loud noises also react well to dental sedation treatment. If you or a loved one have any of these conditions or want a more comfortable dental experience, schedule a consultation with Dr. Halim.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Common methods of dental sedation can include:
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is administered through a nasal mask. As soon as the mask is placed over the nose and the gas is administered, patients will feel calm and comfortable.
Oral Conscious Sedation: This type of dental sedation is administered through pill form about an hour prior to treatment. Patients will remain conscious during treatment but will have little to no memory of their procedure.
IV sedation: Intravenous sedation administers anti-anxiety medication through a tube and into the bloodstream. Patients will be awake during IV sedation but will feel completely relaxed.
What To Expect
The sedation dentistry experience is different with each type. With nitrous oxide, you don’t have to get a ride to and from your appointment. A mask is placed over your nose and takes effect within seconds of breathing it in. You’ll feel relaxed and giddy throughout the procedure, but you won’t be asleep. As soon as you’re no longer breathing in the gas, the effects dissipate.
With oral conscious sedation, you’re prescribed a pill that you take around an hour before you come into the office for your procedure. With this sedation level and higher, you’ll need a ride to and from your appointment. Depending on the dosage, this sedation can be anywhere from mild to moderate. You’ll be conscious, but likely won’t remember the procedure. Sometimes the sedation can be enough to make you fall asleep.
IV sedation is also considered moderate sedation. It takes effect more quickly because the medication is administered directly to the bloodstream. As with oral conscious sedation, you’ll be conscious throughout the procedure, but most likely won’t remember anything.
Receive Comfortable Care Today
Do you want to feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving dental treatment? Ask us about dental sedation. Dr. Halim aims to help patients find comprehensive solutions to difficult dental problems. He collaborates with patients to create treatment plans that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Call our Washington, DC dental office at 202.318.4113 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Halim on our website.