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Sedation Dentistry in Leesburg, VA

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Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg offers sedation dentistry services in Leesburg, VA. For more information on our procedures or to make an appointment, please call our office at 703-779-7779.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry means the dentist provides safe medication to help the patient relax during a dental procedure. Patients who feel uneasy about dental work or simply want a longer appointment to go by quickly benefit from sedation.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Allows nervous patients to relax during appointments

Helps with pre-appointment anxiety since the patient knows they will receive medication

Makes procedures safer because the patient is more relaxed

Allows the dentist to get more work done in a single appointment

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Why Choose Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg?

We understand you have many choices for your dental care, so we are grateful you chose us. We provide excellent dental care in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere.

We believe in handling your dental care with integrity and honesty and respect all patients equally. We value communication and strive to help you understand your care's financial and insurance aspects.

Our advanced care enables you to receive many dental services in one location. We work to build individual relationships with each patient.

Sedation Options We Offer

Our practice offers nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide is a fast-acting, safe gas that works by displacing a small amount of oxygen in your blood. Patients feel relaxed, calm, and sometimes euphoric while under the effects of nitrous oxide.

The dentist places a small mask over your nose to administer nitrous oxide. You will breathe in the gas during your procedure, creating a relaxing sensation and helping make your procedure more comfortable.

At the close of the procedure, the dentist gradually turns down the nitrous oxide and turns up the oxygen flowing through your mask. After removing the oxygen, you will only need to rest for a few minutes before leaving the office alone. You can drive home and resume all normal activities immediately after your procedure.

Are You A Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation using nitrous oxide is safe for a majority of dental patients. However, some conditions mean you should seek a professional opinion before undergoing sedation.
Patients who have the following medical conditions should consult Dr. Cowell and their primary care physician before undergoing sedation dentistry treatment:

             ●  Pregnancy

             ●  Chronic respiratory illness like COPD or asthma

             ●  Sleep apnea

             ●  Diabetes

             ●  Older persons

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

What will I feel like while receiving nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide frequently produces a "floating" sensation where you will feel little if any, discomfort. Some people feel giggly and easily amused, so the treatment is also called "laughing gas." You will be conscious and able to respond to questions and requests from your care team, but you will likely not worry about anything that happens during your appointment.
Why is nitrous oxide safer than other types of medication?
Nitrous oxide has few drug interactions, unlike the benzodiazepines used in other practices. Its effects disappear so quickly you can drive home from your appointment. It complements local anesthesia by helping to repress unpleasant sensations. However, always alert your dentist or hygienist if you feel anything during your appointment.
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide gas displaces some oxygen in your lungs and your bloodstream. This gas produces a state called hypoxia. Hypoxia leads to a calm, sometimes euphoric feeling. The hypoxic state reverses easily when the dentist replaces the gas with oxygen.
How much supervision and monitoring happens when you have nitrous oxide sedation?
The dentist and hygienist carefully monitor you for any signs of difficulty breathing. They may place a non-invasive fingertip pulse oximeter if they have particular concerns. If you have any negative reactions, they will stop the procedure immediately.
How does nitrous oxide make procedures safer?
You will move less during a procedure when you receive nitrous oxide sedation. Moving less means a lower chance of complications during your appointment.
If I don't have any specific concerns about my appointment, can I still receive dental sedation?
If you have a long appointment with many procedures planned and would prefer to relax, you can ask for nitrous oxide sedation.

Call Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg

We want to make sure all our patients feel welcome and supported. Sedation dentistry can help if you feel apprehensive about your appointment. Please call our office at 703-779-7779  to inquire about sedation dentistry services and how we can help you relax during dental care.

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